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Introduction to German Studies: From Tacitus to Günter Grass
GRST 299
Fall 2007
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 299, GELT 299

The annual Seminar in German Studies serves as an introduction to the increasingly diverse and interdisciplinary field of German studies. The goal of the seminar is to help students critically examine significant themes in the culture of the German-speaking countries through a variety of media and genres (literature, music, the visual arts, philosophy, and historiography). The course will emphasize the improvement of analytic and interpretive skills and the expression of complex problems in a concise and lucid fashion. The topic for 2007 is the formation of the cultural and national identities of the German-speaking areas of Europe. Drawing on a wide range of materials, we will examine crucial periods and events in the history of these areas, including the flowering of literature in the High Middle Ages; the religious crisis of the Reformation; the chaos of the Thirty Years' War; the emergence of rationalism and the anti-rationalist backlash in the Enlightenment and romanticism; revolutionary and nationalist currents in the 19th century; the cultural ferment in Vienna, Munich, and Berlin before and after World War I; the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust; the division of postwar Germany; and reunification and its aftermath.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Writing
Intercultural literacy: interrogation of the connection between language and culture and of cultural distinctions within German-language regions.

Writing: frequent response papers with rewrites.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA GRST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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