Germanic Languages and Literatures

Dutch Courses (Division 357)

111. First Special Speaking and Reading Course. Permission of the department. (4). (FL).

This course provides the student with the basic grammar of the Dutch language. We mainly use the monolingual course-book Levend Nederlands (Living Dutch ) and each lesson from the book will consist of everyday conversation, a grammatical explanation, exercises, a coherent word list of one topic, questions about the conversation, discussion, and homework. As soon as possible the students will practice the grammatical patterns they have learned and use their vocabulary in conversations with each other. Also to enliven the class, the teacher will present the students with songs of Dutch singers, cabaret artists, and comics, which can serve as a starting point for conversation. Books: Levend Nederlands, Cambridge University Press, New York; W.Z. Shetter, Introduction to Dutch, Nijhoff, The Hague.

231. Second-Year Dutch. Dutch 112 or the equivalent. (4). (FL).

In this course we will speak Dutch as much as possible. We will start with an overview of the basic grammar of the Dutch language. After that, we will probe into the intricacies of sentence structures and style through the usage of several materials such as a book Makkelyk Praten which contains short interviews in colloquial Dutch about a wide range of subjects (from plastic surgery to UFO's), articles from newspapers, songs of singers and cabaret artists, comics, some literary prose and simple poetry. All the offered materials should acquaint the student with different styles in spoken and written Dutch and can serve as a starting point for discussion. Books: a good dictionary.

480. Modern Dutch Literature. Dutch 231 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

In this course we will read prose and poetry from one period of modern Dutch literature. Discussion will be conducted in Dutch as much as possible. Every enrolled student should write a paper about one of the treated authors or themes. The paper should be written in the native language of the student.

491. Colloquium on Modern Dutch Literature. Senior standing or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

Starting point will be a book, The Waterman by Arthur van Schendel (one of the most well-known pre-War Dutch writers). English translation available. Philo Bregstein is not only a well-known author, but also made several scenarios for film. The documentation he made for a film of The Waterman will be the subject of the course and a very interesting one, because it covers the most typical tendencies of Dutch culture from the Middle Ages to the present. It examines messianism (the belief in a messiah) as a basis of freedom. (Bregstein)

German Courses (Division 379)

101. Elementary Course. No credit granted to those who have completed 100. (4). (FL).

The first year German program is designed to develop the four language skills understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Proficiency in these areas requires control of the sound system of the German language, mastery of the basic grammatical structures and the ability to understand simple reading passages dealing mainly with German life and culture. Special emphasis will be given to the development of oral skills. It is highly recommended that students make use of the taped exercises in the Language Laboratory. Quizzes are given after each chapter. In addition, there are midterm and final exams.

102. Elementary Course. German 101 or the equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 100. (4). (FL).

See German 101.

111. First Special Reading Course. Undergraduates must obtain permission of the department. (4). (Excl).

The objective of this course is to teach students to read simple German expository prose. Course content focuses on an introduction to the essentials of German grammar and syntax both in class lectures and in texts. Students are required to read but not to write and speak German. The course uses traditional methods of instruction which present rules of grammar and syntax as well as a basic vocabulary. Since much memorization is necessary, it is essential that students have time to do required course work which averages about twelve hours each week exclusive of class time. Course requirements include daily preparation and recitation, three one-hour examinations devoted to specific problems of grammar and vocabulary, and a final examination requiring the translation of sight passages without the aid of a dictionary. The class is taught in English, and the course text is Jannach, German for Reading Knowledge, (third edition). There are no course prerequisites, but German 111 is open only to graduate students who wish to fulfill a German foreign language requirement and to advanced undergraduates in special programs who already have met the LS&A foreign language requirement. Undergraduates must receive departmental permission prior to electing the course.

112. Second Special Reading Course. German 111 or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (Excl).

The objective of this course is to teach students to read German for research purposes with the aid of a dictionary. Course content includes an intensive review of grammar and syntax followed by translations from texts in the humanities, the natural and social sciences. Choice of reading texts is determined in part by the composition of the class. Course requirements include daily preparation and recitation, one examination following the completion of the grammar review, one examination during the reading of scientific texts. The final examination requires the translation of sight passages with the aid of a dictionary. The course prerequisite is German 111 or a placement examination (CEEB, GSFLT, or departmental). Like German 111, German 112 is open only to graduate students and undergraduates in special programs.

221. Second-Year Course. German 102 or the equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 230 or 231. (4). (FL).

Same as German 231 but with emphasis on reading skills and literary interpretation.

222. Second-Year Course. German 221, 231, or the equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 230 or 232. (4). (FL).

Same as German 232 but with emphasis on reading skills and literary interpretation.

231. Second-Year Course. German 102 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed 230 or 221. (4). (FL).

This course is conducted primarily in German and is designed to expand the speaking, understanding, reading, and writing skills acquired in German 102. A thorough review and continuation of the grammar is included. Students are expected to read and discuss short stories and a short novel, write essays, and prepare daily assignments. Requirements also include weekly quizzes, a midterm examination, and a final examination.

232. Second-Year Course. German 231 (or 221) or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed 230, 222, or 236. (4). (FL).

This course is conducted in German and is designed to expand the writing, reading, and speaking skills acquired in German 231; it also serves as an introduction to modern literature of German speaking countries. Students are expected to read and discuss short stories and a novel, and write essays on the material covered in class. Requirements include periodic quizzes, a midterm examination, and a final examination.

236. Scientific German. German 231 (or 221) or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed 232. (4). (FL).

The purpose of this course is to provide basic practice in the reading and translation of texts primarily from the natural sciences. Course requirements include daily preparation and recitation. Students will also select and translate an outside article in their field. Quizzes are given in addition to a final exam. Texts supplied by instructor.

325, 326. Practice in Writing and Speaking German. German 232 (or 222) or the equivalent (placement test). (3 each). (Excl).

German 325 and 326 are offered in Fall Term, 1982.

Except by special permission of the instructor, only students who have completed 325 should elect 326. The sequence is primarily intended to improve fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German. One hour each week is devoted to a systematic grammar review including translation from English to German. The remaining class time is devoted to German conversation based on a discussion of the reading text and of other topics chosen at the discretion of the individual instructor. A German essay of one or two pages is assigned approximately every week. One or more five-minute oral presentations may be required. There are midterm and final examinations. The course texts are Koepke, Die Deutschen: Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, and Conant, ed., Cochran's German Review Grammar. Approximately half of each text is studied in German 325, the remainder in German 326. (Crichton)

350, 351. Business German. German 232. (3 each). (Excl).

German 350 is offered Fall Term, 1982.

This is an introduction to the vocabulary, practices and procedures found in German business activity. Included are the nomenclature of office procedure, business letters and reports. In addition the course examines the German educational and political system from the standpoint of business practices, such as merchandising and advertising. The reading consists of the reading of actual business, merchandising and advertising material. There is a midterm and a final examination, and the writing of papers and translations during the course is required. The text consists largely of a course pack and a basic text. (Fabian)

381. Eighteenth to Nineteenth-Century Drama. German 232 (or 222) or the equivalent (placement test). (3). (HU).

This course provides an introduction to German literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through several of the great classical dramas. In conjunction with either German 382 or 385, this course can be elected in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a German concentration or for a German teaching major or minor. The class begins with work still popular in the German theater, Minna von Barnhelm, Lessing's sparkling comedy set against the backdrop of the Seven Years' War. The struggle of the great individual in the context of the political intrigues and social forces of history is a central theme of the next two plays: Goethe's Egmont (on the liberation of the Netherlands from Spanish rule) and Schiller's Maria Stuart (the tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots, held captive by Queen Elizabeth I). In Iphigenie auf Tauris, Goethe's reworking of a play by Euripides, we see German classicism's vision of "pure humanity," of the "schoene Seele" (embodied in the woman Iphigenie), and its own mission to ennoble and educate. The last play read is Prinz Friedrich von Homburg, Kleist's astonishingly "modern" drama of existentialism in a man who finds himself in the confrontation with death. The emphasis in the course is on analysis of the works, through lecture and discussion. Students usually write two interpretive papers and a final exam.

384. Short Fiction: Romanticism to Realism. German 232 (or 222) or permission of chairman. (3). (HU).

Drawing on novellas by Tieck, Kleist, Keller, Hauptmann and others, this course should provide carefully paced reading practice at the appropriate level (3rd year). At the same time, the works chosen provide a comprehensive and aesthetically rewarding survey of the main currents and most significant authors on this very popular genre from Romanticism to Naturalism, the first phase of "modern" German literature. Discussion is emphasized. A term paper and a final exam are required.

415. Structure of Modern German. (3). (Excl).

The objectives of this course are to introduce students to the assumptions, terminology, and methods of linguistics and to provide a description and analysis of the sounds and grammatical structures of Standard German. Special attention is given to an introduction to linguistics, and to German phonology, morphology, and syntax. The course is conducted in English, and combines lectures and discussions. Requirements include a final examination, frequent quizzes, homework problems, and reports on outside readings. Most of the students enrolled in German 415 are undergraduate German majors in their junior or senior year. Undergraduates majoring in German must take either German 415 or German 503; normally 415 is recommended. Students electing this course should have attained at least third-year proficiency in German. Prior work in linguistics is not required. (Kyes)

425, 426. Intermediate Composition and Conversation. German 325 and 326; or the equivalent. (3 each). (Excl).

German 425 is offered Fall Term, 1982.

Various approaches are used to improve the student's written and spoken German. Each week a composition of at least two pages is assigned. Sometimes the instructor assigns a specific topic while at other times students select their own topics. Occasionally students are required to listen, in the language laboratory, to a tape on some aspect of German history or culture and to use it as a departure point for an essay. Class discussions are based on topics selected by the instructor and the students. Brief presentations by individual students are occasionally required. German is used exclusively in class. The final course grade is based on compositions as well as participation in discussion and other class projects. German 425 is regularly offered during the Fall Term while German 426 is regularly offered during the Winter Term. German 426 may be taken independently of 425. (Weiss)

448. German Literature 800-1200. Senior or graduate standing. (3). (HU).

This course is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students and others with a good knowledge of modern German by permission. While the texts may vary with availability, they will consist of such works as Vita Karoli Magni, Waltharilied, Rolandlied, Nibelungenlied, Herzog Ernst, Erec and selected lyrics. The most significant genres and authors of the pre-classical period (1200 to 1800) will be covered, and attention will be given to the historical and social background as well as to the themes, motifs, and moral concerns of the works. Discussion and reports are, according to circumstances, in German and/or English. Grades will be based on an oral report, a paper (ca. 10 pages) and a final examination. (Scholler)

451. Goethe's Faust. Three years of college level German or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

This course gives the student the opportunity to study and interpret the original German text of Faust, one of the major works of world literature, in detail. The student is responsible for knowing the text thoroughly. Faust will be discussed (in German) in its cultural-historical context. Goethe's poem presents the modern human being's struggle for spiritual freedom and self-determination. The work also encompasses such age-old themes as joy and suffering, good and evil, freedom, responsibility, and sacrifice, all seen from Goethe's own unique point of view. It is anchored in the larger vision embodied in the author's poetry and in his fascinating and unusual work as a scientist (especially in the fields of plant morphology and the theory of colors). Goethe's thinking is in many respects individual and unorthodox, in a word: "Faustian. " We shall seek to understand Faust in terms of Goethe's own thought. The course presupposes the ability to read German with some ease. Students should consult the instructor at the beginning of the term if unsure as to their ability. The course grade is based upon regular attendance, participation in discussions, and, probably, a midterm exam, a term paper, and a final exam. (Cottrell)

489. The Literature of the DDR. Senior standing or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

Subjects to be dealt with: Background information (political, social, philosophical) necessary to understand the literature and general situation of East Germany (die Deutsche Demokratische Republik ); the role of art and artistic criticism in theory and practice; Marxist literary tradition and present directions; conformist and non-conformist writers; works in the various genres; literary critics' relevant theoretical writings. Lectures for the most part will be in German and class discussion in English or German, according to individual preference. Discussion to clarify lectures and to give class members an opportunity to present opposing views, especially on the literary works and on the virtues of East German socialism. Class participation will be expected. Not part of a departmental sequence. A reading knowledge of German is required. Evaluation will be based on a midterm and a final examination as well as a term paper (8-10 pages for undergraduates, 12-15 for graduates), and on class participation. In the past, the following texts were read in whole or in part: H. J. Schmitt, 19 Erzahler der DDR; Herman Kant, Die Aula; Christa Wolf, Der Geteilte Himmel & Nachdenken uber Christa T. ; Walwei-Wiegelmann, Neuere DDR Literatur; Karl-Heinz Hofer, Erbe und Gegenwart; Karl-Heinz Jakobs, Beschreibung eines Sommers. (Hofacker)

German Literature and Culture in English

Courses in this section do not require knowledge of German.

330/RC Hums. 330. German Cinema from Caligari to the Present. (3). (HU).

This course traces the development of German cinema in its social, political, and cultural context. It presents major films and filmmakers in relation to their historical circumstances and to developments in the other arts. This subject matter falls into two main periods: from the Expressionist era around World War I up to 1933 and from 1965 to the present, with some attention to National Socialist film and the early 1950's. Filmmakers discussed include F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, G.W. Pabst, Volker Schlondorff, R.W. Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Alexander Kluge, and Wim Wenders. The films cover various genres of both fictional and documentary film; 10-12 films are considered, and students are expected to see most films twice. The method of instruction combines lecture and directed discussion. The required readings consist of secondary material on the cultural background of German cinema, commentary on the films and filmmakers, and occasionally scripts and theoretical writings. Written assignments consist of short papers or essay questions on each film and a final exam. A course fee of $20.00 will cover film rentals. Required reading is on reserve. (Zorach)

437. The Literary Interpretations of C.G. Jung in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. A knowledge of German is helpful but is not required. (3). (HU).

The purpose of this course is to enable each student to produce his own interpretation of a literary text or of a painting according to the theories of C.G. Jung. The course will begin with a systematic introduction of these theories as they apply to the concept and interpretation of symbols. Specific literary texts will be used to demonstrate these theories and a method of intrinsic criticism will be developed from them. In addition to a final paper interpreting a specific literary work or a painting (which will be selected in consultation with the instructor) there will be two short written assignments due in the course of the term. These will be designed to prepare the student for his final paper. The course assumes no prior knowledge of Jung and a knowledge of German is not required. Texts: C.G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self, paperback, Bollingen Series XX (Princeton, 1972), and The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature, paperback, Bollingen Series XX (Princeton, 1972); E.T.A. Hoffmann, Tales of E.T.A. Hoffman, paperback, (The University of Chicago Press, 1972); Ludwig Tieck, Fair-Headed Eckbert and Rune Mountain, available at Albert's Copy on Liberty; Edgar A. Poe, William Wilson, can be read in any edition you might have or borrow from the library; Herman Melville, Moby Dick, available in several paperback editions; Friedrich Durrenmatt, The Visit, paperback (Grove, n.d.). (Hubbs)

444. Medieval German Literature in English Translation. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

By reading and discussing heroic, pre-courtly, courtly, and uncourtly epics, novellas and lyrics by the most significant writers from Charlemagne to 1300, e.g., Gottfried von Strassburg, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Walther von der Vogelweide, the student gains an insight into not only the literary genres and subgenres but also into social, cultural and political complexity of these five centuries. The readings also include works that have reappeared in modern times, such as the Carmina Burana and the epics used by Richard Wagner, Tristan and Isolde, Parzival, Song of the Nibelung. Moreover, the works of the legendary but historical Tannhauser will be read, and the role of women in the Middle Ages will be examined, for example in Service of Ladies by Ulrich von Lichtenstein. This course is open to juniors, seniors, first-year graduate students, and others with permission of the instructor. There is a term paper (10-15 pp.), an oral report on outside reading and a final examination. (Scholler)

Scandinavian Courses (Division 471)

101, 102(111, 112). Elementary Norwegian. Norwegian 101 is prerequisite to 102. (4 each). (FL).

Scandinavian (Norwegian) 101 is offered Fall Term, 1982.

This introductory course in Norwegian will emphasize conversation skills. Class participation plays a very important role in overcoming the inhibitions naturally imposed by a foreign language and in developing the ability to carry on easy dialogues in Norwegian. There will be a midterm, final exam, and frequent quizzes (all written). A new text will be used this term: Norsk, Nord Menn, Og Norge (Stokker and Haddal).

117, 118. Finnish. Finnish 117 or the equivalent is prerequisite to 118. (4). (Excl).

Scandinavian (Finnish) 117 is offered Fall Term, 1982.

Scandinavian 117 is an introductory course to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the Finnish language. The textbook is Nuutinen's Suomea Suomeksi I supplemented by Hamalainen's Suomen Harjoituksia with its Language Laboratory cassette program. The students are evaluated on the basis of examinations and class participation.

233, 234. Readings in Modern Swedish Literature. Swedish 114 or the equivalent is prerequisite to Swedish 233; Swedish 233 is prerequisite to 234. (4 each). (FL).

Scandinavian (Swedish) 233 is offered Fall Term, 1982.

This course covers the material of a second year course in Swedish language. Emphasis is on speaking, writing, reading and aural skills. The bases for evaluation are writing, speaking, and listening drills and examinations at regular intervals to test acquisition of these skills. Readings are selected (for oral commentary) from contemporary Swedish poetry, prose, and drama.

235, 236. Readings in Modern Danish Literature. Danish 116 or the equivalent is prerequisite to 235; Danish 235 is prerequisite to 236. (4 each.) (FL).

Scandinavian 235 is offered Fall Term, 1982.

This course is intended for the student who has completed Scandinavian 115 and 116 or who can demonstrate sufficient written and spoken proficiency. Instruction will aim toward a sophistication of grammatical usage in writing and speaking. Readings include Danish imaginative literature, non-fictional essays on Denmark, and easy Norwegian texts from the works of Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun. Students will also be acquainted with speech patterns in Danish dialects.

Scandinavian Literature in English
Courses in this section do not require knowledge of a Scandinavian language.

331. Introduction to Scandinavian Civilization. (3). (HU).

The course will survey a number of topics in Scandinavia's contribution to world culture, in order to introduce the civilization of the Northern countries to students unfamiliar with that part of the world. All work will be done in English translation. Topics might include: the Scandinavian languages, runic inscriptions, the Old Norse Sagas, the cinema of Ingmar Bergman, the politics of the welfare state, urban planning in Sweden, the dramas of Ibsen and Strindberg, Scandinavian immigrants in the United States, Scandinavian art and architecture. Lectures and discussions.

421, 422. Modern Scandinavian Literature in English. Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3 each). (HU).

Scandinavian 421 is offered Fall Term, 1982.

It will include a discussion of Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish imaginative literature since 1950. The class is conducted in English. No knowledge of Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish is required. Students with experience in these languages are also encouraged to enroll, however. Works that reflect post WWII ideology and thought in fictional representations primarily in poetry, drama, and short prose narrative provide the basic course material. Discussion and analysis of texts, exercises in reading related literary criticism, and a number of short essays will be carried out during the course of the term. The required texts will be provided in a course pack.


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