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Spring 2011-2012
* GER 306 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

German Intellectual History - Revolutions and Revolutionary Literature in Germany

Nikolaus Wegmann

Germany knows neither a Glorious Revolution nor a French Revolution. Revolutions remain for the most part only attempted Revolutions -- and these attempts are most often bitter failures. This seminar will read these failed Revolutions through the lens of literary and historical texts: From the Mainzer Republik (1793) through the Revolutions of 1848 and 1918, on through the Nullpunkt of the year 1945 and up to the--perhaps successful--Wende of 1989. Conducted in German.

Sample reading list:
Schell, H, Die Mainzer Republik
Engels, H-J, Gedichte und Lieder deutscher Jakobiner
Grab, W, Die Revolution von 1848/49. Eine Dokumentation
Bredel, W, Maschinenfabrik N&K
Zürcher, G, Trümmerlyrik. Politische Lyrik 1945-1950
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading 25 pp. per week in German. Midterm and final paper, class room participation.

Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42240 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:11 Limit:25