Going Too Far: Transgressive Texts (Seminar in German Studies)|
Spring 2012 not offered
COL 299, GELT 299|
|Certificates: International Relations|
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. Can a text go "too far"? Excess, violation, and transgression are frequent topics in literature, and in this course we will study (in translation) a number of German and Austrian texts that either present stories of transgression or are transgressive in their particular narrative or textual form. Themes to be studied include war and the dissolution of social and political order; madness and the disintegration of a unified ego; crime and punishment; the crisis of political legitimacy and the terrorist response; the transgression of taboos and social conventions; the crisis of communicative language and the artistic response; and repression and sexual transgression.
Intercultural Literacy, Writing
Intercultural literacy: Interrogation of the connection between language and culture and of cultural distinctions within German-language regions.
Writing: frequent writing assignments with detailed feedback.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
SONG OF THE NIBELUNGS
Heinrich von Kleist, PENTHESILEA; "Michael Kohlhaas" and selected short stories
Thomas Bernhard, GARGOYLES
Elfriede Jelinek, THE PIANO TEACHER
Georg Büchner, LENZ
Friedrich Schiller, "The Criminal from Lost Honor"
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, "Letter to Lord Chandos;" "Cavalry Story"
E.T.A. Hoffmann, "The Sandman"
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, "The New Melusine"
Franz Kafka, "The Judgment;" "A Country Doctor"
Robert Musil, THE CONFUSIONS OF YOUNG TÖRLESS
Thomas Mann, DEATH IN VENICE
Poems by Gryphius, Lohenstein, Hölderlin, Trakl, Benn
Fritz Lang, DIE NIBELUNGEN
Michael Haneke, THE PIANO TEACHER
Volker Schlöndorff, YOUNG TÖRLESS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
There will be weekly response papers, two oral reports and a final research paper (8 - 10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is required for all German Studies majors.
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