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Forward, Without Forgetting: The GDR in Literature and Film

GRST 302
Spring 2019 not offered
This course may be repeated for credit.
Crosslisting: GELT 302, COL 291
Certificates: Civic Engagement

In 1949, postwar Germany officially split into two separate countries with the formation of the German Democratic Republic. Also known as East Germany, the GDR was isolated from the Western world for four decades, but it developed its own, equally rich literary and cinematic cultures. By looking at a range of textual and visual sources, students will engage critically with ways of understanding this "other" Germany and its distinctive cultural expressions, ideology, and history, including the role of the government and the Stasi. We will also explore phenomena such as the "Ostalgie" and retro-chic that manifested themselves after the Fall of the Wall in 1989. We will read works by Christa Wolf, Wolf Biermann, and Monika Maron, among others, and watch films and TV-series produced before and after unification.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA GRST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: GRST213
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(GRST-MN)(GRST)

Last Updated on SEP-29-2022
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