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Spring 2012-2013
* GER 307 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Topics in German Culture and Society - German Underworlds

Sarah M. Pourciau

This course will investigate German theories about what lies beneath: is it hell or the subterranean foundations that keep our world from collapsing? A product of nature or culture? The origin of art or the death of all that is human? And should we go looking for it under mountains, or at the center of the modern city? We will take our examples from the German literature, film, and philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries, and we will use them to pose questions about the role of unseen depths in the history of German thought.

Sample reading list:
Novalis, Heinrich von Ofterdingen
Ludwig Tieck, The Runenberg
Sigmund Freud, The Ego and the Id
Franz Kafka, The Burrow
Fritz Lang, Metropolis
Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Regular attendance, careful reading of the assigned materials, and enthusiastic participation in class discussions are all requirements of this course. Evaluation will be based on seminar participation, one short midterm paper (5-7 pages), and one more substantial final paper (12-15 pages) on topics to be agreed upon with the instructor. The final paper may be a revised and expanded version of the midterm paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
Course taught in English.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40947 S01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   East Pyne Building   215   Enrolled:8 Limit:25