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Spring 2011-2012
* GER 208  

Studies in German Language and Style: Contemporary Society, Politics, and Culture

Margareta I. Christian
Saskia Haag

This course introduces students to post-1945 German and Austrian culture through a number of historical documents and literary works. In the aftermath of WWII, writers confronted the Holocaust, the Nazi past, and the division and reunification of Germany in different ways. We will explore the various efforts to unmask the intricate complicity of language with the Nazi regime. Particular attention will be paid to the challenges of the two Germanies and the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. Through the close study of the assigned material, this course aims at advancing the students' competence in both oral and written German.

Sample reading list:
Carl Merz, Helmut Qualtinger, Der Herr Karl
Ilse Aichinger, Aufruf zum Mißtrauen
Peter Handke, Publikumsbeschimpfung
Thomas Bernhard, Erzählungen
Renatus Deckert (ed.), Die Nacht, in der die Mauer fiel. Schriftsteller erzählen
Alexander Kluge, Chronik der Gefühle
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
20-40 pages of reading for each meeting, short weekly response papers, one oral presentation, one final essay

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
GER 107 or equivalent.

Other information:
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Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42229 C01 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm T Th   McCormick Hall   103   Enrolled:8 Limit:21
43976 C02 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm T W Th   McCormick Hall   362   Enrolled:6 Limit:15