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Punk, Pop & Politics in Cold War Germany
GRST 304
Spring 2024
Section: 01  

This course introduces artistic responses and positions developed in the face of social and political realities in a divided country after WWII until its reunification and subsequent rapprochement. We will explore this period through works by artists, musicians, and young German authors, including Joseph Beuys and his concept of society as a social sculpture; bands of the Neue Deutsche Welle, who paired German lyrics with punk and new wave music; and the representative painting styles of the Neue Wilde, young painters who left abstraction and conceptual art behind to give expression to their observed reality. We will read contemporary texts that accompanied these developments in the form of literary writing (Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Peter Glaser, Rainald Goetz) or as critical responses in newspapers, art journals, and pop magazines (Diedrich Diederichsen, Jutta Koether, Peter Bömmels), supported by excerpts from influential theoretical texts. Students will develop skills to critically engage these works and will apply these skills by preparing their own responses to works of art and cultural events.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA GRST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: GRST213
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GRST-MN)(GRST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on APR-20-2024
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