Art After Auschwitz? Literature, Painting, and Film in Postwar Germany|
Fall 2009 not offered
What issues and burdens do German writers and artists struggle with in creating art after Auschwitz? How do they respond to these challenges in different political contexts in the democratic West, the socialist East, and now the reunified Federal Republic? How does their work engender social critique and influence social change? This course examines the works of controversial writers and visual artists in the German postwar period, with particular attention to artistic strategies, contentious works, and the ways in which artists and their works advance or frustrate Germany's coming to terms with its Nazi past. Artists discussed include the novelists GŁnter Grass and Christa Wolf, the painter Anselm Kiefer, and the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Students will read and interpret novels, film, photography, poems, and paintings, with supplemental texts drawn from a variety of areas, including film theory, ethnographic photography, cultural studies, and history. Readings and discussions are in English.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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GŁnter Grass, THE TIN DRUM; CAT AND MOUSE
Anselm Kiefer, selected works
Leni Riefenstahl, TRIUMPH OF THE WILL; OLYMPIA; THE LAST OF THE NUBA
Christa Wolf, PATTERNS OF CHILDHOOD; WHAT REMAINS; IN THE FLESH
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Weekly reading journal, oral presentation, two short papers, one research paper
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Regular attendance and active participation is mandatory. Extended or additional sessions for film viewings may be scheduled.
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