GERMAN 732 - Cultural and Historical Analysis
Section: 001 German, Jewish and Turkish Narrative Encounters
Term: WN 2016
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will explore the role of Jewish and Turkish experiences as ethno-religious Others in the German cultural realm: What new shared narratives emerge via texts that bring Turkish and Jewish historical legacies of trauma and integration into contact? Throughout the semester we will consider the staying power and/or inadequacy of diverse categories of analysis, such as “Berührungspunkte” (Senocak), “touching tales” (Adelson), “missed encounters” (Ertürk), and “East West Mimesis” (Konuk), as well as the very concept of comparison itself. Scholars such as Edward Said, Aamir R. Mufti, and Emily Apter have all traced the birth of Comparative Literature in its contemporary guise to scholarship by German-Jewish émigrés in 1930s Istanbul, where they were called upon to reform the Turkish system of higher education. Considering this seminal role played by German-Jewish-Turkish relations, we will further question what new grounds of comparison have emerged in the 21st century: How do points of multifocal literary contact pose a challenge to national memory cultures, ethnic collectivities, and monolingual modes of belonging? What new, and often multidirectional formulations of Germanness, Jewishness and Turkishness are forged in their wake?

Course Requirements:

Readings and discussion in English. Students with knowledge of German and/or Turkish are encouraged to read texts in the original.

Intended Audience:

Readings and discussion in English. Students with knowledge of German and/or Turkish are encouraged to read texts in the original.

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GERMAN 732 - Cultural and Historical Analysis
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001 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (SEM)
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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