Weimar Modernism and the City of Berlin|
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
One of the most fascinating aspects of Weimar modernism is the emergence of new forms of perception and consumption, reflected in a new urban consumer culture that generated an ever-changing array of visual and aural stimulations. This changed reality was perhaps best captured by the young medium of film, but older media like literature and painting also responded to this modernist challenge. This course will examine not only exemplary works of literary and visual culture from the Weimar period, but also other aspects of Weimar modernism, such as the development of radio, design, fashion, advertising, and architecture, emphasizing analyses of the new mass culture of entertainment, distraction, and "pure exteriority" (Kracauer) in combination with left-wing cultural and political criticism. The city of Berlin, then the third largest in the world and in many ways the international capital of modernism, will provide the main locus of investigation.
Intercultural Literacy, Writing
Intercultural Literacy: Students will be introduced to a variety of materials representing a foreign culture.
Writing: Students will receive guidance and feedback in composing a number of papers in German.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(GRST-MN)(GRST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Kracauer, DAS ORNAMENT DER MASSE; DIE ANGESTELLTEN
Benjamin, "Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit"; "Linke Melancholie"
Brecht, DER LINDBERGHFLUG
Döblin, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (novel and radio play)
Hessel, SPAZIEREN IN BERLIN
Journalism by Kisch, Roth, Döblin, Tucholsky
Brecht, Dudow, KUHLE WAMPE ODER WEM GEHÖRT DIE WELT
Jutzi, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ; MUTTER KRAUSENS FAHRT INS GLÜCK
Lang, DR. MABUSE, DER SPIELER; DAS TESTAMENT DES DR. MABUSE
Lamprecht, EMIL UND DIE DETEKTIVE
Ruttmann, BERLIN, DIE SINFONIE DER GROSSTADT
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three short papers (3-4 pages), one oral presentation, one final paper (6-8 pages). Readings, discussions and papers in German
|Instructor(s): Plass,Ulrich Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK403; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: UNL||SR major: UNL||JR major: UNL|| || |
|Seats Available: UNL||GRAD: UNL||SR non-major: UNL||JR non-major: UNL||SO: UNL||FR: UNL|
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