GERMAN 416 - Seminar in German Studies
Section: 001 Berlin, Berlin. City Culture, Space and Time
Term: WN 2018
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One year beyond GERMAN 232. Students may not take the same topic twice.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this course, taught in German, we will study the cultural, political, and historical transformations of Berlin's urban landscape during the twentieth century. How do poetry, paintings, novels and films map the city? How have the city's division and reunification affected the production of Berlin's cultural image and memory culture? The readings from different historical periods will center on the changing representations and multiple historical layers of key sites such as "Alexanderplatz", "Potsdamer Platz", or "The Wall." In our survey of Berlin literature and film, we will discuss expressionist city poems, classics from the Weimar period such as Alfred Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz, and Walter Ruttmann's Berlin – Symphony of a Big City, literary texts, poetry, songs, and films focusing on the city's East-West divide by Christa Wolf, Durs Grünbein, and Wolf Biermann, and view contemporary Berlin films that project the city's future.

Course Requirements:

Students will be asked to write three short papers in German, to present in class, and to conduct one final research project.

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GERMAN 416 - Seminar in German Studies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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