The scholars and laymen alike have noticed the ever-increasing role that information and knowledge play in our lives. Nearly all young people in the developed countries get their college degrees, and in many metropolitan areas in Europe and North America the graduate Master's degree is gradually becoming a compulsory requirement as well. Education is also intrinsically linked with mobility and transnationalism, since contemporary technology and transportation allows those craving for knowledge to move around the world in their quest - thus transforming both the students' identities and the host communities.
However, it was just not always like that. The developments that are described above present a rather recent trend. In this paper I would like to focus on the experiences of Russian Jewish students at the universities of late Imperial Germany - and for some reasons. In European context, the Jews have received a specific dual status as both well-educated "people of the Book" and discriminated pariahs, excluded from universities and academia more generally.
Russian Jews struggled with additional complications, since they were both the members of the transnational religious community with rich history and tradition and the subjects of the multi-national empire which wanted to look as an enlightened and modern European state, but still remained arguably the most backward and autocratic country on the continent. The chronological boundaries late 19th - early 20th centuries are determined by the fact that in this period more and more Russian Jews, whose educational opportunities were seriously hindered at home, explored the possibility of studying in Germany.
Unjust regime? Failed socialism: the critical views of the GDR are very contradictory. This seminar gives an overarching look at the founding and political development of the GDR, its cultural and educational policy and the typical life of its citizens. We will be focusing in particular on the upbringing of children in a socialist society as well as the youth culture. The use of academic and literary texts will be used in our analysis. During the semester, there will be two excursions. One will take us to the Stasi Museum where we will talk with a witness of the brutality of the Stasi.
The second will take place in the classroom and will be led by the author of one of our required texts. How can we explain such profound cultural differences between two allied nations? We will also discuss sustainability with representatives from the Green Party, local government and the alternative energy industry. A history of Berlin focusing on the period from to the present. The course examines changes in the economic structure, social development and technical history of Berlin. Topics covered include Berlin as a cultural center in literature, the fine arts, cabaret, and theater as well as urban planning and the division and unification of a modern city.
Particular attention is paid to the periods of reunification and the postwar period. Chronologically, this course begins in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, just as Berlin was beginning to appear regularly in the historical record, and ends with Berlin becoming a national capital at the close of the 19th century. Rather than simply addressing the narrative of the city's rise to prominence, however, this course will aim to introduce students to the history of Berlin by considering the city within its broader European context. We will read a wide range of sources that will help us compare and contrast Berlin to other cities in Germany and the rest of Europe during the period from the 15th to the 19th century.
We will also take advantage of the many cultural resources that the modern city of Berlin has to offer, in order to gain a variety of different perspectives on the city's unique history. Its focus is on particular aspects of language study such as translation of a variety of different texts, vocabulary and syntax of German used in specific professional contexts and the rules governing colloquial German.
The unit is based on authentic texts, both written and spoken, and deepens students' understanding of advanced German. GE - Written Communication and Expression This course focuses specifically on developing students' writing skills. Emphasis is placed on strengthening accuracy, appropriateness and clarity of written expression in German as needed in both academic and non-academic environments. Die Vorbereitungsteams begleiten das Seminar jeweils zu thematischen Einheiten zwei Wochen lang. Sie geben jeweils vor, was diskutiert werden soll. Diese Papiere sollen auch dazu dienen, dass inhaltliche Fragen kontinuierlich verfolgt werden.
Since the early days of film, Berlin has played not only an important role as a production area for cinematography, but the city itself has become the subject of numerous films and theater productions. In this respect, the history of Berlin has been represented by exemplary films that show Berlin in its most important stages.
Here, Berlin films do more than just contribute to the city's history. Berlin has been a hotbed for social and political developments in Germany overall; a place where the most important phases of German history in the 20th century can very well illustrate. Survey and analysis of the most important trends in German art and architecture from the Third Reich to the present, presented within their respective historical contexts with special emphasis on the role of Berlin in this epoch of big changes and famous artists. GE - Opera and Culture This course explores relationships between opera and cultural practice, using examples from the German and Italian repertories from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.
Since opera involves musical representation of these topics, we will also devote considerable attention to the formal structures within which these discourses are expressed. Da die Filmproduktion in der DDR strenger kulturpolitischer Reglementierung und staatlicher Zensur unterlag, sollen im Seminar gleichzeitig diese politischen Rahmenbedingungen mitreflektiert werden.
To date, this book has been translated into over languages. Despite or thanks to their publication, the fairy tales have continued to lead a lively cultural existence. Unlike any other genre, they have been subject to frequent literary and cinematic adaptation. They have offered writers, filmmakers and dramatists innumerable and vital inter textual motifs. Visual artists have also responded inter medially, especially in the form of illustrated volumes of the tales.
By the same token, scholars have approached fairy and folk tales from a great variety of perspectives: structuralist, narratological, ethnological, psychological, discourse-analytical and gender-studies related. The seminar introduces students to the cultural-historical context of German Romanticism. Students will engage intensely with individual fairy tales as well as with paradigmatic interpretations. Students will engage with a wide variety of fairy tale adaptations analytically and comparatively. Last but not least, the seminar will offer students an opportunity to engage creatively with fairy tales.
Students will be given short, pedagogically informed assignments involving short essays, responses, reviews, creative writing exercises, and adaptations. In this course, we will analyze the process of creating money supply policies aimed at stabilizing the currency within the Euro system. We will be especially concerned with the institutional fundamentals of successful money supply policies and the integration of monetary realities into the overall equilibrium of the economy.
In addition, we will be looking at empirical existing instruments, methods and problems of monetary policy within an economical con-text. GE - The Roots of Reason From nature to culture: this course takes the student on a voyage of discovery: to discover the roots of Western civilization and thought, the basic beliefs about human life and destiny which were embodied in myths, legends and customs and which later emerged implicitly and explicitly in literature, philosophy and science.
Why think? How and why did humans evolve the capacity for rational thought? How did our Western way of thinking develop from its roots? How can we better comprehend the structure of our ways of seeing, conceiving, and judging the world from our understanding of the history of mind and its rationality? What dangers and chances do our ways of thinking, reflecting and assessing involve? These fundamental issues demand historical and systematic investigation using the resources of the natural sciences especially biology and psychology and the arts, and thus require an interdisciplinary approach adequate to the richness, importance and complexity of the questions involved.
Themes and Outlines sowie in Gattungsgeschichten wie Peter J. GE - European Culture, Society and Politics This course is designed to engage students with as many aspects of Europe's and Austria's culture in as many ways as possible by reading and hearing about it, by experiencing it firsthand through excursions and various cultural events, and naturally, by discussing it and writing about it.
The main goal of these intellectual and practical experiences is to gain an extensive and deep understanding of Europeans, their way of life, their values and beliefs, their customs and traditions. The course will provide background information on various cultural and political issues and their historical background. Psychoanalysis has become an unavoidable part of modern knowledge, with far-reaching effects on the thinking, behavior, literature, morals and aspirations of our era.
Not only in the restricted sphere of mental health, but also in medicine and education, and extending into everyday human relations, the consequences of Freud's thought have been revolutionary. This course is an introduction to the psychoanalytic way of understanding the human person and the worlds of feelings and thought. Sie dient der besseren Orientierung in der Topographie und der Geschichte Berlins.
This course offers an introduction to both the theory and practice of queer performance. It is offered through the Institute for Theater Studies. In the seminar we will read and discuss theories of queer and gender studies. Students will also be required to attend two live performances related to the classroom work. Tragedies' at a host institution. This course explores the role of intrigue in the works of 17th and 18th century German tragedy. Class discussion will be led by way of student presentations. GE - The European Union In this course students study the history of the European Union as a political system, an economic system, a policy making body, and it's role in moving toward integration of the the European states.
GE - European Politics in the 20th Century The course European Politics in the 20th Century will focus on an introductory part and two main parts. The introduction will be a short outline of characteristics of contemporary Austrian politics. The first main part will be a discussion of characteristics of 20th Century European History especially the developments after World War I, the rise of Fascism and Nazism and the theory and practice of Nazism.
The second main part will focus on special aspects of political science democracy, political parties, election systems, conflicts and political culture, media systems, European Union, Europe at the end of the century and transformation processes. Part of the course is also a visit to Tiroler Tageszeitung, the widest spread regional daily in Tyrol.
Announced at the beginning of the semester. Includes visits to sites of historical significance in and around Munich, e. Symbolized by the imperial dignity, Austria's role as an epoch-making power is carefully analyzed within the boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire. Special emphasis is laid on the attempt to transform the Habsburg possessions into a modern, centralized state under the auspices of enlightened absolutism.
It also offers a study of the paths taken by Austria from the collapse of the Habsburg Empire to the present stability of the small Austrian Republic as part of the European Union. Jahrhunderts bis in die unmittelbare Gegenwart behandelt werden. Vorgesehen sind Texte von Th. Fontane, G. Hermann, F. Hessel, W. Benjamin, S. Kracauer, A. Tucholsky, A. Brecht, Chr. Wolf, U. Johnson, P. Schneider, F. Delius, H. Brasch, B. Biermann, T. The "Eastern Enlargement" was the EU's biggest enlargement ever in terms of scope and diversity. This course discusses the process of integration within the European Union and analyzes the Eastern Enlargement of the EU.
We will start with a look at the historical evolution and the institutions of the EU. The main part of the course offers an extensive discussion of the pros and cons of the Eastern Enlargement: a effects on the Common Agricultural Policy b effects on the community budget c effects on the migration of labor, etc. At the end of the course students should be in the position to discuss the costs and benefits of the Eastern Enlargement.
GE - US Perceptions of Germany and the Germans from Bismarck to Hitler This course explores the role of national stereotypes in German-American relations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the session's first part, readings introduce basic sociocultural and economic history of Germany and German-American relations during these time periods. The second part closely examines the ways stereotypes may have helped to shape and justify American policies toward Germany. Through contemporary literature and film, we will explore Berlin's role in a globalized world: how Berliners resist, embrace, or simply describe the influx of people from Eastern countries; how West-Berliners have re-oriented themselves after the fall of the wall; how the majority adapts to the minorities; and how some migrant authors rework the German language by experimenting with trans lingual writing.
By way of literary and film analysis, we will inquire if borders or limits can play a productive role; how the history of the divided city figures in the imaginary of immigrant authors; and how, for example, Turkish-German or Russian-German writers inscribe the tensions between East- and West-Germany into a larger discourse on East-West relations. D, students will read, discuss, write, and lecture on literary texts illustrating, dealing with, or commenting on the major historical events during 1, years of European history.
The course is also cross-listed with HIST and will count toward the History majors' requirements. There is no pre-requisite for this course. GE - Directed Readings-German Intensive study with a faculty member in the student's area of interest. Normally, only available to majors. GE - Introduction to Applied Linguistics This course will introduce students to the properties of language and their systematic study via linguistic inquiry.
Specifically, the origins and mechanisms of linguistic knowledge will be examined alongside the componential units of syntax, morphology, phonology and semantics. The course will further introduce students to applied linguistic study with an emphasis on second language acquisition and the integration of sociocultural knowledge within this process. Students will complete this course with a greater understanding of the nature of language and the mechanisms whereby it is acquired, conceptually represented and produced.
GE — Friends and Friendship in German Literature The idea and experience of friendship have been central to German literature and culture for centuries. GE — Masterpieces in German Literature A sampling of the most beautiful, moving, and humorous prose and poetry of the 20th Century will be read and interpreted. The written assignments will evolve from the texts studied. GE — Richard Wagner and the Artwork of the Future This course will introduce students to the aesthetic and cultural significance of the German composer Richard Wagner , as well as to his artistic legacy in a variety of media from film to computer games throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
No formal training in music or ability to read notes is required. These excursions will be scheduled for weekends and paid for by Notre Dame. The works, which arose in four geographical regions of Germany, carrying markers of those regions, also cover a range of literary movements. Diverse narrative structures and techniques along with recurring themes will allow for comparison and contrast.
Self, suffering, and longing, or, to offer some greater perspective, issues of identity and identity crises, conflict and suffering, and longing and hints of reconciliation will play a role as will nature, love, family, friendship, politics, art, and above all religion. We will read and discuss selected masterpieces of German drama, paying attention to its historical development; the nuances and ambiguities of individual works; categories of genre, above all tragedy and comedy, including challenges to these genre categories; and the ways in which identity and identity crises, both individual and collective, relate to issues of genre.
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Some attention will also be given to distinctive German contributions to the theory of tragedy and comedy, including the singular contributions of Hegel and Scheler. Through canonical romances, theater, poetry and mysticism, students will examine the way in which medieval religion influenced the way people experienced, thought about and wrote about romantic love and how romantic love in turn shaped religious devotion. The course will be conducted in German. GE — Twentieth-Century Prose and Poetry In order to acquaint the student with the rich diversity characteristic of 20th-Century German literature, a wide variety of materials will be studied.
An oral report, two papers, and a two-hour final will supplement thorough and engaging class discussions based upon close readings of the selected texts. GE - Twentieth-Century German Poetry from Rilke to Krolow To acquaint the student with the rich diversity characteristic of 20th-Century German poetry, a wide variety of materials will be studied from Rilke to Krolow. Drama is a potentially fascinating topic for peace studies because, at the heart of traditional drama and theatre, there is conflict-and the question of whether it can be resolved.
Moreover, just as politics is often dramatic, drama is often political; there is, for example, an extensive tradition of plays that make a theme of political revolution, usually in the form of tragedy or comedy. Students in this course read classic political dramas that are neither tragedies nor comedies, but rather bring potentially tragic public conflict to positive yet nontrivial resolution.
Students of peace studies and political science who are familiar with these pieces of world literature will have acquired a new kind of resource for their ability to think through and work in conflict resolution. GE — Schiller in German In this course, we will consider Friedrich Schiller as a dramatist, poet, aesthetic philosopher, and historian. GE — Crises of Modernity in German Culture To a European citizen living in the year , the world would have seemed a promising place.
The continent had enjoyed almost universal peace for the past eighty years, science and the arts were prospering, the economy was booming. Yet less than fifty years later, Europe lay in ruins, reeling from a half-century of war, economic depression and genocide.
This course will set out to explore what happened. Instead of focusing on political, economic or military history, however, we will enter the minds of some of the thinkers and poets who shaped cultural life during the first third of the century, choosing Germany as our specimen case. It was here that modern thought attained its greatest heights and here, also, that it ultimately sank to its lowest depths. Through close analysis of selected texts, we will uncover how the heights and the depths were intimately related to one another, and how modernity was from the very beginning dogged by a series of profound crises.
Readings and discussion in English. Students taking the course for German credit will study selected texts in the original and write their papers in German.
Open to sophomores with permission of instructor only. GE — Comedy, Jokes, and Satire in the German-Speaking World This course will explore the comic vision in the German-speaking world, by considering comedy, jokes, and satire. Comedy is an often overlooked genre in Germany, but a number of fascinating works invite our reading and exploration. As part of our exploration of the comic vision, we will consider jokes, including their thematic and structural diversity as well as their relation to broader aspects of German culture, including German history and regional particularities.
We will also consider one or more comic or satiric films. As part of the course we will explore the conditions under which the comic tends to surface and flourish, including broader questions such as religious sensibility and political climate. The largest then German metropolis came to epitomize rapid and spectacular modernization in Germany that started before World War I and continued during the Weimar Republic.
Berlin had it all: gigantic industrial factories, glamorous boulevards, street lights, dazzling shop windows, night life, movies and entertainment, armies of white-collar employees, housing barracks, modern architecture, shopping, traffic, crime, and social problems. This course offers an introduction to one of the most dynamic periods in German cultural history as it is represented in texts and films about the big city.
The discussions will focus on the following questions: Why did the big city appear fascinating and inspiring to some authors, and to others it loomed as a dreadful epitome of alienation and decadence? How were modern phenomena reflected in language and images? What were the forms of aesthetic innovation and artistic experimentation associated with the representation of modern life? Did men and women experience metropolitan modernity differently? Authors range from East and West German writers of the immediate postwar era to the most recent commentators on issues of politics, society, gender, and aesthetics.
As a seminar it opens up the possibilities of reading a more diverse body of post, and more specifically post-Wende, German literature. Secondary texts will help us to understand the social and historical context in which these authors write. The primary reading selections will include works by authors of African, Turkish, Sorbian, Roma, and Arab heritages.
GE — Twentieth-Century German Literature This survey course introduces students to the major writers in 20th-century German-language literature. By also considering these writers, contexts—the trends and movements they were part of, the activities in the other arts that influenced them, the contemporary discourses that surrounded them—we may be able to add depth and nuance to our readings. Thus, depending on student interest and ability, we will familiarize ourselves with the larger environs of 20th-century German-language culture.
Stressing innovative forms of vocality, modern text and vanguard theatre aim to reveal the unconscious function of voice in written and spoken language. Verse or voice delivery are recognized not only as strategies to integrate physical heterogeneity in language and theatre, poets and theatre artists emphasize the vocal aspect of language as different vocal bodies. The course proposes to study the theoretical and esthetic implication of this phenomenon in confronting the new strategies of voice in text and in theater with historic ones. Please note: this three-credit course runs for eight weeks, from February 28, to April 20, GE — Deutschen Kriminalroman Verbrechen, Detektion, und Gerechtigkeit im deutschen Kriminalroman Crime, Detection and Justice in the German Crime Story Tales of crime and detection famously engage their readers in enthralling stories about perplexing criminal acts and the harrowing search to solve the crimes and to capture and judge the guilty.
Through these depictions, German detective stories however also fundamentally challenge ideas of justice. They present the reader with questions such as: What is the source of justice? Which type of justice drives the detective? Which idea of justice determines the judgment? And, what happens when these ideas are at odds? In this course we will look at the changing depictions of justice in German detective stories from to the present and how they cast a critical light on society.
Each work will be read and discussed with careful attention to its formal characteristics as well as to the historical changes in the judicial system that are reflected in the works. By interpreting classic German-language plays in the original, you will 1 learn how to approach drama analysis, and 2 develop a sense for the history of drama throughout the past years.
Students interested in other national literatures will have the opportunity to draw comparisons with plays by authors such as Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Calderon, Corneille, Racine, and Ibsen; and those interested in film may branch out into analyzing works by directors such as Hitchcock, Renoir, Ford, Capra, Curtiz, Hawks, Chaplin, and Kurosawa. GE — Religious Themes in German Literature and Thought We will read and discuss selected works of German literature and intellectual history from the Enlightenment to the present.
Issues considered will include the unity and diversity of religious traditions, secularization, the theodicy, the Incarnation, the Trinity, various critiques of religion, the responsibility of the Church, religion and intellectuals, and the intersections of religion and art. The course addresses both the literary embodiment of religious themes in narrative, poetry, and drama and essayistic analyses of religious issues.
Although our works will cover a range of centuries, we will focus on three periods: first, the late 18th and early 19th century, an era of great religious intensity, even as the harmony of diverse religions and the secularization of religion were proclaimed; second, the 19th century, an age of significant systematic and polemical attacks on specific aspects of religion and on religion in its entirety; and third, the 20th century, which presents a complex array of religious and antireligious sentiments.
Do I really matter? These questions — essentially they are one and the same — must be answered, for in the search itself, value is ascribed not only to the principle or person valued, but also and inevitably to the person valuing.
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For better or worse we, as individuals and as a society, are defined by what matters to us. Given the distortions of our age, it may be appropriate to look for moral guidance from those who clearly did not find the right answers, failed to enhance their lives or the lives of those around them. Sometimes we know unequivocally what is right by observing someone do it all wrong. Nevertheless, at least since Adam and Eve, the wrong has held undeniable appeal. What draws us toward evil over and over again?
Yes — until they fall!
Then the angel takes on fascination and interest. When an angel assumes independent self- assertion — call it pride or refusal to knuckle under or what not — he then takes on power and the capacity to grasp our attention and even admiration. More than half a century earlier, as if he also had been trained as a psychoanalyst, Oscar Wilde phrases the observation in similar terms.
At what juncture does appropriate self-interest develop into narcissism, become evil and thus not lead, as was originally intended, to the fulfillment of the human person, but, if left unchecked, unerringly to the diametric opposite, namely his or her destruction? Where can examples be found of those who misread the early, still reversible signs of narcissistic behavior, who did not make the requisite course correction and subsequently annihilated not only themselves, but their all too numerous victims as well?
If we studied these individuals, might we not learn from them and thus possibly avoid making their mistakes? And as a result, might we not lead our lives more efficiently, more productively? Quite simply, might we not evolve into happier individuals? GE — Self-Definition and Quest for Happiness in Continental and American Prose of the Twentieth Century Everyone from the ancients to the most technologically conscious CEOs tell us that those who succeed know the difference between the important and the unimportant and they allocate their time accordingly.
But how does one make these choices? If, in fact, success and happiness are synonymous, as some would claim, which way lies success, lies happiness? And what are the guideposts? What really matters? In an age such as ours, does anything have lasting value?
If I am most assuredly defined by my beliefs and my deeds, what then do I believe, what do I do? In the final analysis, who am I? If literature, as so many maintain, not only mirrors but also foretells world events, how have several 20th-century authors representing diverse national traditions formulated the answers to these seminal questions? Readings will include F. GE — The German Quest for God: From the Middles Ages to Our Time One of the peculiarities of German culture is the strong connection between philosophy and literature; another the heroic attempt to develop a religion no longer based on authority, but on reason.
Texts and discussions in English. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. The range of his interests, the innovative nature and the complexity of his thought, finally the fact that he does not speak in first person adds to the difficulty. After a general introduction into the main problems and positions of Plato scholarship today, we will read some of his dialogues written before his most important work, The Republic, dealing with such various topics as virtues, the nature of art, the relation of ethics and religion, the politics of Athens, and the essence of knowledge.
We will analyze both his arguments and the literary devices by which he communicates them and partly withholds and alludes to further ideas. GE — Philosophiae Dialogues Philosophy is communicated in different literary genres-as essays, treatises, didactic poems- the choice of which influences in a subtle manner the contents exposed.
We shall read different texts ranging from Plato to Feyerabend to see how different philosophers have exploited the possibilities of this genre. GE - Faith, hope, and love: Thomas Aquinas and Kierkegaard on Christian Ethics The course aims at clarifying both the differences between Christian and ancient ethics and the contrast between Catholic and Lutheran theological ethics.
Faith, hope, and charity being regarded as the classical theological virtues, it deals with Aquinas's and Kierkegaard's treatment of these theological virtues. We will read the first treatise in the Secunda secundae of Aquinas's 'Summa theologica' as well as Kierkegaard's 'Fear and Trembling' and 'Deeds of Love', analyze the arguments, the literary form of the texts, the connections with the overall view of the two philosopher-theologians and the historical position of the texts.
GE - Seminar in German Studies In this seminar, students will examine the intersection of various disciplines and topics depending upon the instructor's specialty. In addition to language and literature, topics may include culture, history, politics, film, feminist studies, music and other related disciplines. The course may be repeated. American fiction, film, photography, comics, and art, we investigate how various media cultures bear witness to intercultural histories of genocide.
In particular, the eighteenth century, the era of the Enlightenment and the Classical Period, was known as the "century of friendship. The country was militarily defeated, economically damaged, and politically isolated. Politicians and public intellectuals campaigned for the unification of Europe with the same arguments that pre-dated the even more devastating World War II. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe have faced new and unforeseen challenges like Brexit and the refugee crisis.
This course taught in German will introduce students to the successes and challenges facing a unified Europe and Germany's role in it. We will read and discuss texts and works by politicians, philosophers, literary authors, and film makers. GE - Great German Short Films This course uses short German film minutes; one per week as a basis for in-depth discussion of contemporary German and European politics, culture, and society. Close attention to language, film aesthetics, and the genre of the short film.
Student assignments include advanced language practice, shot analysis, leading discussion, and short film reviews in German. Final project may be expository comparative analysis of several films or a group project resulting in a short film, including script. Yet, in recent years, Germany as become the fervently desired goal for refugees the world over, most recently from Syria and the Middle East.
In this course, we will see that these events are dialectically related: it was precisely the experience of Nazism that created a new, postwar openness to persecuted peoples. And yet this too is a complicated story with many twists and turns. In this course, we will make a broad cultural assessment of the refugee phenomenon, drawing upon the tools of political science, history, and cultural studies.
The aim of this course is to explore political and cultural phenomena. In order to understand the current situation, we will also examine select films and novels depicting the last decades.
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He was the last Renaissance man—a philosophical mind, a scientist, and a statesman, who has written some of the most sublime German literature in all three genres. But one of his greatest artworks was his own life. We read works of many genres drama, short story, novella, novel, letter by women from the early Middle Ages to the present. GE — German Literature Senior Seminar Seminar devoted to the intensive study of selected works, periods, and genres of German literature. On the one hand, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union; on the other, the European people seem as divided as ever before in their history, with the split between the Protestant North and the Mediterranean South running especially deep.
One common complaint is that the EU is a technocratic union that has never really managed to take root in the dreams and aspirations of its citizens. In this seminar, we will examine how poets, novelists, and filmmakers have imagined Europe over the course of the last years. How do you give an imaginative shape to something that is too vast to ever be encompassed in its entirety, and too complex to be reduced to any uniform vision? GE - Remembering the Great War in Britain and Germany August marks the centenary of the Great War, an event that will be commemorated throughout Europe over the course of the following year.
The London Undergraduate Program gives Notre Dame students a unique opportunity to observe these commemorations and learn about the various ways in which the war contributed to the formation of modern European identity. Our course will focus on two case studies Great Britain and Germany drawn from opposite sides of the military conflict, and will investigate the various ways in which poets, artists, historians, and ordinary people have tried to make sense of these cataclysmic events over the course of the last years.
About half of the semester will be devoted to the actual participants in the war, who left us a rich body of literature reflecting on their experiences. In the second half of the course, we will examine how memories of the Great War shaped the subsequent histories of Britain and Germany and we will observe the centenary celebrations in all their diversity parades, speeches, museum exhibits, television features and newspaper reports to arrive at an answer to the question what the Great War might still mean to people at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
GE - Migration and Literature This course explores German-language literature written by authors of non-German heritages. Specifically, this course is interested in the concepts of "hybridity" and "multiculturalism". GE - International Economics Senior Research Project This course is reserved for students in the International Economics in German major for completion of their senior thesis project. He was the last Renaissance man — a philosophical mind, a scientist, and a statesman, who wrote some of the most sublime German literature in all three genres.
GE — Senior Thesis German majors who wish to graduate with honors may write a senior thesis. For those German majors who elect to write a thesis, several requirements must be met: 1 The student must have a GPA of 3. The student writing a thesis enrolls in GE and receives one course credit three credit hours for the course. The thesis is due the week after spring break, and the student is strongly advised to begin thinking about it and start conferring with the advisor before the October break of the fall term. GE - Literary Theory: Philology and Weltliteratur The Literature Programs course on Literary Theory deals with theories of different time and places with emphasis on the critical problems that arise when what we call "Literature" is investigated in a multicultural context.
Issues that may be expected to arise include the following the problems of translation, the meaning of metaphor, hermeneutics complexity, the meaning of the word "style" the relation between oral and written literatures. Eric Auerbach's essay "Philology and Weltliteratur", from which this course derives its title, serves as a point of departure for exploring the possibility of developing an approach to literary history and literary interpretation that: a attends to the historical, cultural and aesthetic specificity of the individual literary work and b at the same time, brings into relief the complex ways in which cultures interact, overlap, and modify one another.
The course will focus primarily on the pertinent works of Vico, Herder, and the German Romantics, Auerbach and other historicists , Arnold, C. James, Raymond Williams, and Edward W. Said, as well as selections from the writings of Fanon, Ngugi, Lamming, Cesaire, and others. An introductory course of the spoken and written language. The final examination of the course, if passed, fulfills the requirements of the GRE. We will read these carefully with great attention to detail.
GE - German for Advanced Research Prerequisite: Students who enroll in this course should either have had "German for Reading Knowledge" or possess the equivalent competency. If in doubt, please contact the instructor. Open to advanced undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.
GE — Business German German business language and practices. Designed to introduce the internationally oriented business and German major to the language, customs and practices of the German business world. GE — Medieval German Literature GE constitutes a survey of German literature from its beginnings during Germanic times until the 16th century.
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Ideas, issues and topics are discussed in such a way that their continuity can be seen throughout the centuries. Readings include modern German selections from major medieval authors and works such as Hildebrandslied, Rolandslied, Nibelungenlied, Iwein, Parzival, Tristan, courtly lyric poetry, the German mystics, secular and religious medieval drama, Der Ackermann aus Buhmen, and the beast epic Reineke Fuchs.
These tales are among the most imaginative and fascinating in the German canon, full of the adventures and exploits of knights and ladies. We also take a look at some of the most interesting modern literary and film adaptations of the Arthurian legend. GE — Schiller In this course, we will consider Friedrich Schiller as a dramatist, poet, aesthetic philosopher, and historian.
GE — 19th Century German Literature The course will provide students with an opportunity to read, discuss, and analyze representative 19th century novellas by such authors as Kleist, Keller, Meyer, Storm, and Hauptmann. These texts will be treated as both literary and historical documents. The course will examine the literary techniques common to the novella and offer a historical survey of the various theories of this rich and especially German genre.
It will also attempt to access the works through the contextual framework of the social and politico-economic events and trends of the 19th Century in German-speaking countries. Finally, particular emphasis will be placed on the psychological implications of the works. GE — Dramatic Lit before An advanced survey of theatrical literature and criticism from the earliest plays to the beginning of the 20th century. Students will read one to two plays per week along with selected secondary critical literature.
GE — European Romanticism This course will present the figure of Giacomo Leopardi, the outstanding romantic Italian Poet, and his striking similarities with some of the protagonists of that season of poetry: Wordsworth, Keats, Holderlin, and, later, Baudelaire. We will show that this isolated poet and thinker was one of the founders of modern nihilism, and we will compare his most stunning ideas to the ones elaborated by his great contemporary Schopenhauer and by the modern existentialist thought.
Writing will be emphasized.