Courses Taught in English

Courses With Reading And Discussion In English

No prerequisite in German required.

German 222-0 German History 1789-1989 
Survey of German political, economic, social, intellectual, and diplomatic history from the consolidation of the nation in the aftermath of the French Revolution to reunification at the end of the Cold War. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area IV)
 
German 224-0 Contemporary Germany 
German political, social, and cultural scene after 1945. May be repeated for credit with different readings. Prerequisite: None.
 
German 226-0 New Voices in German Literature 
Introduction to contemporary German literature in English translation. Topics may vary and may include the contemporary historical novel, short story, novel, and/or memoir. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 228-0 The German Film 
In-depth study of German films and cultural background. Topics may vary: for example, the pioneer film, “new” German cinema. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 230-0 Berlin and the Culture of Democracy 
History and culture of the city from 1900 to the present, including the Weimar period, Nazi regime, the divisions of the Cold War, and the newly unified capital. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 232-0 The Theme of Faust through the Ages 
Faust theme in literature and music through shifting intellectual and social climates from the 16th century to the present. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area VI, V, and VI)
 
German 234-1 Jews and Germans: An Intercultural History I 
Exploration of Jewish encounter with German culture. German Jewry from the 18th century to the end of the 19th century, when Jews were granted legal standing as German citizens. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area IV, V, and VI)
 
German 234-2 Jews and Germans: An Intercultural History II 
Exploration of Jewish culture–German culture. German-speaking Jewry from the late-19th century to 1935. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area IV, V, and VI)

German 236-0 Kafka and Nietzsche
 
Exploration of two key figures in German modernity. Analysis of the relation between philosophy and literature, inquiry into the idea of the “ascetic ideal.” Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area V and VI)
 
German 238-0 Turn-of-the-Century Vienna 
Literature and thought of fin de siècle Vienna and their impact on modern consciousness. Fiction, poetry, essays, and plays by Freud, Schnitzler, Wittgenstein, Hofmannsthal, Musil, Karl Kraus, and Schoenberg. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area VI) 
 
German 242: Imagining Modern Jewish Culture in Yiddish and German 
Analysis of the lively encounter between two distinct but closely related Jewish cultures, one rooted in German, the other in Yiddish; relation of these two literary traditions to European modernism. (Distro Area VI) 
 
German 246-0 Special Topics in German Literature and Culture 
Topics vary: for example, the fairy tale, Germanic mythology. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: None.

German 248 Learning Diversity: Germany and Global Migration
This course explores how migration from and to Germany has impacted and shaped Germany’s political, social and cultural development as an increasingly diverse country. (Distro Area IV)

German 266-0 Introduction to Yiddish Culture: Images of the Shtetl
Analysis and discussion of the literary, visual, and filmic images of the communal life developed by Eastern European Jews and inseparably associated with them. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area VI) 
 
German 272-0 Luther and the West 
Examination of Luther’s work in the context of his life and times. Introduces basic dimensions of Western thought, showing how theology relates to broader cultural, political, social, and aesthetic issues.
 
German 322-0 German Contributions to World Literature 
Topics vary: for example, Rilke’s poetry; Nietzsche’s influence on literature; Thomas Mann; Hesse, the German novel, and the mystic tradition; German intellectual history. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 324-0 Modern German Drama 
 From the perspective of the stage as a “moral institution,” plays by authors ranging from Heinrich von Kleist to Peter Weiss. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 326-0 German Cultural Studies 
Exploration of key concepts, major figures, and cultural and literary themes in German studies and interdisciplinary fields such as music, art, political science, media studies, and popular culture. Prerequisite: None.
 
German 328-0 German Cultural Criticism from Kant to Kluge 
Exploration of major texts in German cultural criticism form the late 18th to early 21st century, including philosophical, philological, scientific, and essayistic texts. Prerequisite: None. (Distro Area IV and V)
 
German 334-0 Writers and their Critics
This course, designed for majors and non-majors, proposes to study the texts of leading writers in German through a discussion of the criticism these texts have evoked. Students will thereby be given the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between literary texts and their historical and critical interpretation. Emphasis will be placed on 20th and 21st century criticism. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 346-0 Topics in German Literature and Culture
Exploration of major texts in German cultural criticism form the late18th to early 21st century, including philosophical, philological, scientific, and essayistic texts. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 366-0 Yiddish Culture and the Holocaust
Analysis of modern Yiddish literature in the decades before the Holocaust as well as literary work that emerged from Yiddish-speaking writers who survived the Second World War.  Taught with JWSH ST 366  and YIDDISH 366; may receive credit for only 1 of these courses.(Distro Area VI)