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Skinning the German Onion: Guenter Grass as Writer, Graphic Artist, Political Activist
GRST 235
Spring 2018 not offered

Born in 1927 in the free city of Danzig, GŁnter Grass grew up in an environment dominated by Nazi ideology and war. After serving briefly--at seventeen--in the Waffen-SS, Grass emerged from an American prisoner-of-war camp to find Germany divided and the Western half of the country eager to forget the recent past as it rebuilt its infrastructure and its economy with American Cold War support. Grass spent his career drawing lessons from his own past and his country's history. Through his writing, visual art, and political interventions, he repeatedly prodded and provoked his contemporaries, reminding them of the need for "doubt"--his shorthand for critical thinking and constant vigilance. Yet Grass's highly imaginative and stylistically challenging works eschew didacticism and defy critics and political adversaries who liked to portray him as a one-dimensional preacher. In this course, we will review his life's work as an artist, a family man, and a citizen who chose Sisyphus as his patron saint and could be as ruthless toward himself as he was to the cant and superficiality he perceived around him.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA GRST
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GRST-MN)(GRST)

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