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Spring 2017-2018
* GER 307 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in German Culture and Society - Between Decadence and Renewal: German Literature in the Fin de siècle

Inka Muelder-Bach

The turn of the 19th to the 20th century, the so-called Fin de siècle, is a formative period for modern German literature. It is marked by radical social and technological transformations, a simultaneity of heterogeneous artistic movements and tendencies and a cultural discourse in which notions of end and beginning, decadence and renewal are paradoxically blended. The course will give an overview over the cultural topographies of this period and study it in exemplary literary and theoretical manifestations.

Sample reading list:
Friedrich Nietzsche, Vom Nutzen und Nachteil der Historie für das Leben
Georg Simmel, Die Großstädte und das Geistesleben
Arthur Schnitzler, Leutnant Gustl
Sigmund Freud, Die Traumdeutung (Excerpts)
Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Ein Brief
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Active participation in class. Readings in German. Class discussions in German and English.

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Adequate German reading, writing and speaking skills as demonstrated by the successful completion of a 200-level course in German or permission of the Undergraduate Representative or the instructor..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42245 S01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   215   Enrolled:7 Limit:20