Fairy Tales Then and Now (3)
Analysis of structure, meaning, and function of fairy tales and their enduring influence on literature and popular culture.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:246.
Tales of Horror (3)
Examination of historical and political context,
and psychoanalytical underpinnings, of horror tales in literature and film of
the Western tradition from Brothers Grimm to Alfred Hitchcock. Focus on some of
the most spellbinding creatures from this tradition: Frankenstein and Dracula,
vampires and zombies, Doppelgängers, ghosts, artificial humans, and other figures
that continue to haunt the cultural imagination.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:227.
Topics in German Culture - in English (1.5, 1.5)
Examination of topics in German culture. May
be repeated for credit, depending on topic.
Psy Fi: Literature and Psychoanalysis (3)
Key psychoanalytic concepts explored through
readings of literature, film, case studies, and literary theory.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:247, 01:195:312, or 01:470:356.
Tales of Horror (1.5)
Tales of horror in literature and film from Brothers Grimm to Alfred Hitchcock. Consideration of historical, political, and psychoanalytical dimensions.
Nietzsche and Popular Culture (1.5)
Exploration of how to define
popular culture examined through analysis of Nietzsche's "Overman" and its
gradual translation into the American "Superman" hero. Consideration of works
from Nietzsche to Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Bertolt Brecht, Bob Dylan, Stanley
Kubrick, and the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix).
Credit not given for both this course and 01:470:258 or 01:195:258.
The Faust Legend through the Ages (3)
Relevance of the Faust theme to Western civilization from biblical days to the present, with emphasis on Goethe's Faust.
From Nietzsche to Superman (3)
Examination of transformation
of Nietzsche's Übermensch (overman) into the American Superman heroes of our
contemporary culture. Analysis of impact of this motif on gender studies,
animal studies, and contemporary media technologies: Hitler's racist Aryan
superman and its dismantling in modern art; female versions of Superman such as
Wonder Woman or the "material girl" in pop culture; attention also to the
figures of the "outlaw," the "idiot," and the cyborg.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:258 or 01:470:254.
Major German Writers (3,3)
Selected masterpieces of German literature from the Middle Ages to the present.
Introduction to German Studies (3)
Introduction to major cultural movements and pivotal
historical moments in the German tradition examined through literature, painting,
drama, philosophy, music, and film.
Realism and Revolution (3)
Introduction to 19th-century German literature and its
response to and critical reflection of the French Revolution.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:276.
Avant-Garde: Dada to Punk Rock (3)
Introduction to the major movements and protagonists of early 20th century European avant-garde--Expressionism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism--and the impact of these movements on Pop Art and Punk Rock of the 1960s and 1970s. Includes examples from visual arts (Kirchner, Kandinsky, Duchamp, Ernst), literature (Wedekind, Ball, Marinetti, Apollinaire), and cinema (Murnau, Richter, Buñuel, Warhol).
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:277 or 01:470:358.
The Culture of Yiddish: An Introduction (3)
An overview of Yiddish, the traditional vernacular language of Ashkenazic Jews, and its culture, from its medieval origins to the present.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:245.
Writing Travel: Movement, Migration, Mobility (3)
Explores the link between narration and mobility; provides overview of the history of travel and the changes in writing travel from the 18th century until today; engages various literary forms and other media (film, art, and music) as well as cartographic tools offered by digital humanities.
Prerequisite: 01:470:232, or simultaneous enrollment in 01:470:231 or 232.
Contemporary German Cinema (3)
New German cinema as a contemporary mode of artistic expression. Viewing and analysis of films by such outstanding directors as Fassbinder, Herzog, Schloendorff, and Wenders. Emphasis on the "literary" aspects of the German cinema.
One section taught in German.
The Nazi Period in Film (3)
Exploration of important role of cinema during Nazi era. Study of historical situation in Germany between 1933
and 1945, and of representative films produced in Germany under the Nazi
regime. Focus on the staging of power, representations of race, and the
promotion of escapism in these films, as well as on retrospective
representation of the period in contemporary cinema.
Kafka and World Literature (3)
Introduction to Kafka's work and its impact on world literature. Topics
include: literary modernism and European modernity; Jewish languages, culture,
identity, and music in the early 20th century and beyond; minor and
postcolonial literature; rethinking the relationship among humans, animals,
hybrids, and monsters; and new directions in art, literature, film, and music.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:382 or 01:563:355.
Classics of German Cinema: From Haunted Screen to Hyperreality (3)
Introduction to canonical films of the Weimar,
Nazi, postwar, and postwall period. Focusing on class, gender, nation, and
conflict through close analysis, the course seeks to sensitize students to the
cultural context of these films and the changing sociopolitical and historical
climates in which they arose. Special attention to the issue of film style, and
to question of what constitutes the film canon in particular in the case of
Credit not given for both this course and 01:175:360.
Big Bang: The Literature of Chaos and Order (3)
Representations of dramatic upheavals in the physical universe as analogies for crisis and revolution in history, politics, psychology, science, and the arts. In literature and philosophy from the Renaissance to the present.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:364.
Literature and Social Change from Nietzsche to Brecht (3,3)
Interaction between German literature and society from the unification (1871) and industrialization of Germany to the end of World War II.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:175:365 or 01:013:365.
Self and Society in the Postwar German Novel and Short Story (3)
Major prose writers of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland since the end of World War II.
Self and Society in the Postwar German Drama (3)
Major playwrights of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland since the end of World War II.
Remembering the Holocaust (3)
Holocaust remembrance in contemporary social and cultural practices in the United States and globally considered as a paradigm for deriving lessons from the past in order to respond to traumatic losses, address present social injustices, and prevent future acts of intolerance.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:510:370 or 01:563:360.
Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (3)
Exploration of the work of three
German writers who revolutionized modern philosophy, theology, psychology,
aesthetics, social and political science, gender studies, historiography,
literature, and the arts.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:374 or 01:730:344.
Bertolt Brecht, Dramatist and Marxist (3)
Study of Brecht's epic (Marxist) theater and its impact on contemporary
dramatic theory and theatrical practice; an introduction to Brecht's
poetry of engagement.
New Subjectivity in Literature and Film (3)
and film in the context of political, social, and cultural developments
since the late 1960s. Topics include the politics of the personal,
reconciliation with the Nazi past, the "death of literature," and the
rise of German feminism.
German Culture through the Arts (3)
Introduction to the visual arts, music, and dance created in German-speaking countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. Taught at the Zimmerli Art Museum by a team of curators, art historians, guest musicians, and dance scholars, and with visits to museums and performances in Manhattan.
Open to all students; of special interest to those considering enrolling in the German department's Berlin Summer Program.
German-Jewish Literature and Culture (3)
Survey of German-Jewish culture, 18th century to present. Literature in political-historical context, with some attention to music, philosophy, and film.
Special permission required for credit toward major. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:380.
Cultural Foundations of Germany (3)
Significant aspects of German civilization from the age of Charlemagne to the unification of Germany in 1870. Focus on the German contribution to music, the arts, the sciences, philosophy, and literature.
Germanic Mythology (3)
Myths and religious practices of the migration period and the age of the Vikings. Sources: the Eddas, Christian and pre-Christian documents and texts, archaeological finds, place names, modern folkloristic beliefs.
Gender and Politics in Yiddish Literature and Culture (3)
Traces the cultural dynamics of Ashkenazic Jews in 16th- to 19th-century Europe through Yiddish religious writing, folktales, fiction, memoirs, and poetry. All readings in translation.
Prerequisites: 01:563:202, 260, or permission of instructor. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:384 or 01:988:391.
The Changing Image of Women in German Literature (3)
Selected works of German literature that convey the experience of women cast into socially prescribed roles.
Topics in German Literature and Civilization (3,3,3)