Germanic Languages and Literature

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, questions about the conversation, discussion, and homework. To enliven the class the teacher will provide the students with songs, newspaper articles, comics, etc. Films and video will be used where possible. The students are strongly advised to visit the monthly meetings organized by the Netherlands America University League. Books: Levend Nederlands Cambridge University Press, New York; W. Z. Shetter, Introduction to Dutch, Nijhoff, The Hague; P. de Kleijn, E. Nieuwborg, Basiswoordenboek Nederlands, Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1983; J. Hulstijn, M. Hannay, An English Self-Study Supplement to Levend Nederlands, Amsterdam, 1981. Also recommended: B. C. Donaldson, Dutch Reference Grammar, The Hague, Nijhoff, 1981. (Broos)

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

The course will start with an overview of the basic grammar of the Dutch language. We will develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening by means of texts to be announced. Comics, songs, newspaper articles, and literature will enliven the course and introduce the students to contemporary Dutch society. Students are strongly advised to visit the evenings organized by the Netherlands America University League. Books: P. de Kleijn, E. Nieuwborg, Basiswoordenboek Nederlands, Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1983; J. Hulstijn, M. Hannay, An English Self-Study Supplement to Levend Nederlands, Amsterdam, 1981; and, B. C. Donaldson, Dutch Reference Grammar, The Hague, 1981. (Broos)

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

The course will examine the poetry and prose of both The Netherlands and Belgium in modern times. The reading of poems, short stories, novellas, etc. in the original language will provide the student with material for discussion about authors, opinions, place and points of view of Modern Dutch literature. In cooperation with the writer in residence, the student will have the unique opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with the author about his or her work. The course will be conducted totally in Dutch. (Broos)

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

This course is given in English by the annual visiting Dutch Writer-in-Residence, usually a distinguished Dutch novelist or poet(ess). It will cover a variety of topics, e.g., the cultural, sociological, and professional situation of a writer in Europe in general and The Netherlands in particular. Also, the influence of English, American, French, and German in Dutch culture will be considered. Since this is a course with a practicing, prominent Dutch writer, students are encouraged to ask questions, bring forward suggestions, etc. At least one substantial paper will be required. Of interest for the students are the monthly cultural evening meetings organized by the Netherlands America University League. (For further information, 763-6865).

German Courses (Division 379)

100. Intensive Elementary Course. No credit granted to those who have completed 101 or 102. (8). (FL).

German 100 is an accelerated course in elementary German, covering the same material in one semester that 101 and 102 cover in two semesters. The four basic communication skills (speaking, writing, reading, and listening) are all taught, but particular emphasis is placed on speaking and listening. The language of the classroom is German, except during grammar explanations. There are weekly quizzes, a midterm, a final, and frequent homework assignments. Successful completion of German 100 qualifies a student to progress to 200-level German courses.

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.

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.

301/Ling. 331. Elementary Yiddish. (3). (FL).

This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence in Elementary Yiddish. No familiarity with Yiddish is assumed. Student evaluations are based on exams, quizzes, written homework assignments, and oral classroom work. (Norich)

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

The sequence of German 325 and 326 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 a 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.

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

Except by special permission of the instructor, only students who have completed German 325 should elect 326. See 325 for the description.

350 Business German. German 232. (3). (Excl).

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 German 382, 383, 384, 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 course will begin with the reading of Lessing's lively comedy set against the backdrop of the Seven Years' War, Minna von Barnhelm. The struggle of the great individuality in the context of political intrigues and social forces of history is the central theme of the next play, Schiller's Maria Stuart, the tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots, held captive by Queen Elizabeth I. Kleist's Prinz Friedrich von Homburg, an astonishingly "modern" drama, depicts the existential struggle of a young man in confrontation with death. Each student will be asked to choose a drama from the period as "outside reading." The emphasis of the course is on the analysis of the works, mainly in class discussion. Students will write two short interpretive papers and a final exam. (Grilk)

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. (Dunnhaupt)


415. The German Language Past and Present. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

The objectives of German 415 are to introduce students to the assumptions, terminology, and methodologies of both descriptive and historical linguistics, and to apply these to a survey of the historical background of German from pre-literate times to the present, with emphasis on the emergence of the standard literary dialect. Although our main concern will be the internal structure of the language, we will relate this to the cultural context in which it has evolved. The course is required of undergraduate German concentrators, except that those who have had previous courses in linguistics may substitute a more advanced course in German linguistics, for example 503, 504, or 506. Instruction is through lectures and discussions. Evaluation will be based on homework problems, quizzes, short papers, and a final examination. Students should have attained at least fourth-term proficiency in German. (Kyes)

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

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)

456(482). Nineteenth Century German Theatre. 3 years college German; or permission of instructor. (3) (HU).

Plays by Grabbe, Buechner, Grillparzer, Raimund, Hebbel, and Hauptmann will be read to acquaint students with not only the most significant playwrights of the century but also to illustrate the main trends from the end of romanticism and classicism to naturalism. Since the course will concentrate on the texts themselves, no special background beyond a very good knowledge of German (fourth-year undergraduate) is needed. One substantial paper (10-15 pages in English or German) on a play read outside of class, participation in discussions (in English or German) and a final examination will provide the basis for the grade. There will be no quizzes. (Cowen)

459(489). The Literature of the German Democratic Republic. Senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course gives a survey of East German literature from 1950 until the present and includes prose works, drama, and poetry written by a broad spectrum of authors, only some of whom are known in the West. Historical, social, and political background information will aid the understanding of literary works. Since little has been translated, a 300-level reading knowledge of German is necessary; however, no background in German literature is required. Most lectures will be conducted in German, but discussion may be in English, as preferred by individual class members. A midterm and final examination are required; undergraduates will write an eight-page term paper, in English. Works read will vary somewhat with the availability of editions, but selections by Christa Wolf, Hermann Kant, and Ulrich Plenzdorf will be included. Slides and other illustrative materials will be shown; two or three representative feature films will be screened. (Hofacker)

491 German Honors Proseminar. Senior Honors standing. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Completion of the sequence of German 491 and 492 is required for an Honors concentration in German. Interested students not already in the German Honors concentration program should apply to Professor Chrichton for admission (minimum 3.0 GPA with at least 3.5 in German). In German 491 students will read and discuss a selection of German dramas, novellas, short novels, and poems from the age of Goethe to the present. The course gives students experience in the analysis of various literary genres and acquaints them with representative works by major authors from various literary periods. While they are by no means restricted in their choice of a topic for the Honors thesis (492, Winter Term) to the works of authors discussed in 491, some students may find that their search for a topic which they would like to explore in greater depth is facilitated by the broad spectrum offered in 491. Class discussion is in German. Each student gives an oral introduction to one of the works discussed. There are two interpretive papers totaling about 20 pages. No examination. (Crichton)

German Literature and Culture in English

Courses in this section do not require knowledge of German.

330/RC Hums. 330. German Cinema. (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. Students write five short papers (2-4 pp.) and two longer ones (5-8 pp.). A course fee of $20.00 will cover film rentals. This course meets the Jr/Sr Writing requirement in the Fall Term, 1984. (Zorach)

414/Res. College Humanities 414. Vienna 1890-1918. Junior standing or permission of instructor. (4). (HU).

The purpose of this seminar is to analyze two seemingly contradictory movements: the political disintegration of the multinational Habsburg Empire on the one hand, and the unequaled cultural productivity of these decades on the other. Areas in which crucial breakthroughs will be examined include literature and the theater (Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Kraus), music (Mahler, Schoenberg, Berg), the visual arts (Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka), philosophy (Mach, Schlick, Wittgenstein), psychology (Freud, Weininger, Adler). Guest speakers from various departments will be invited to contribute insights into their specialties. There will be two common class texts (Schorske, Fin-de-Siecle Vienna, 1980; Janik and Toulmin, Wittgenstein's Vienna, 1973) plus bibliographical help for the various fields of exploration. Prerequisites are an active interest in Modernism and the ability to do critical investigations in one of the areas mentioned. Class reports will, after discussion, be developed into one substantial term paper. A knowledge of German is not required, but will be useful. (Seidler)

441. German Masterpieces in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

The main effort of the course will consist of an intensive reading in English translation of masterpieces of German literature. Works by Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, and others will be studied and discussed within the context of the era in which they were written and of the present time. Emphasis will be placed upon the historical background of the works, their place in literary history, on their influence, and on the eternal problems, values, and conflicts of individuals and society. The course is one of the department's offerings of German literature in translation, and students majoring or minoring in German should not elect it. The final grade will be derived from the midterm examination, two short papers, quizzes, class discussion, and a take-home final examination. (Hubbs)

445. Holocaust Literature in English Translation. Junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course will trace the changing relationship between Christians and Jews and the nature of anti-Semitism in Germany as well as the rest of Europe from Roman times to the present. The course will contain three segments. Part one will examine the period up to and including the Middle Ages and include figures such as Maimonides, Reuchlin, and Luther, as well as the nature of the literary and cultural interrelationship during this period of struct and formal separation. Part two will cover the period from the end of the Middle Ages through the period of enlightenment until the beginning WWI. Included will be such figures as Rachel Varnhagen, Henrietta Herz, Moses Mendelsohn, Dorothea Schlegel, and their impact on German Romanticism and German life and culture, a development which resulted in a complex change in the German-Jewish relationship. The increasing assimilation on the one hand was balanced by a profound frustration on the other. Intellectual integration was accompanied by personal frustration as in the case of Heine, Boerne, and Herzl. The ideas of Zionism and the emerging concepts of racial anti-Semitism were parallel developments, culminating in the writings of men such as Chamberlain, Lagardes, Langbehn, and Moeller van der Bruck. Part three deals with the impact of WWI, the developments during the Weimar Republic and the ideology of the Nazi period. It will examine the writings of men such as Ernst Juenger and the impact of literary institutions such as the "Deutsche Rundschau" and the movement known as the "Conservative Revolution" as well as the film on German thought and culture. This period will trace the transformation from near total assimilation to equally total extermination. This will be followed by a discussion of the impact of the Holocaust on post WWII literature and thought. There will be a midterm examination and either a term paper or a final examination. (Fabian)

449. Special Topics in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
The Role of Women in Early and High Medieval Narrative Literature.
This course is open to students from all areas. No knowledge of a foreign language, modern or medieval, is required, but students with such knowledge are free to read the assigned works and passages in the foreign tongue. The course will explore the role of women in both short and long narrative works from ca. 700 to the beginning of the thirteenth century. In order to further elucidate the female role as presented in works of fiction the course participants will also become familiar with information passed on by historiographers such as Tacitus, Jordanes, Paulus Diaconus, Galfridus Monemutensis, and Saxo Grammaticus. The literary genres will include heroic lay and Christian legend as well as early experimental romance, fabliau-type short story as well as courtly romance in continental Europe of around 1200. Attention will be drawn to a multiplicity of aspects of womanhood in the Middle Ages. Topics to be treated will include: women of different social strata and educational backgrounds; the female hero (fellow-combatant, administrator, martyr) and the female felon; love and its ramifications of marriage, temptation, seduction, and cruelty. The important concept of the "grande passion" will be studied with the help of Abelard's Story of My Misfortunes, Gottfried's Tristan and Isolde, and the Persian romance Vis and Ramin. (Scholler)

Scandinavian Courses (Division 471)

233 Readings in Modern Swedish Literature. Swedish 114 or the equivalent. (4). (FL).

This course covers the material of a second year course in Swedish language. Emphasis is on speaking, writing, reading, and listening 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 politics. Students needing Swedish 103 and 104, or the equivalent, for entry into this 233 course can meet this prerequisite by passing an examination to be given by the instructor. Those wishing to begin Swedish 103 should see the instructor by the first meeting of Swedish 233.

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 is meant to provide an opportunity to become acquainted with the society and culture of the modern states of Scandinavia: Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. There are no prerequisites, and no knowledge of a Scandinavian language is required. The course is open to everyone, but is also a part of the concentration in Scandinavian Studies. It will deal with many aspects of Scandinavia, mostly contemporary. There will be a geographical overview, showing how location and climate affect the countries' roles in today's world, followed by a short historical summary tracing the development of their societies to the present day. The vast majority of the course will deal with post-World War II Scandinavia, especially those subjects where these countries have made important contributions to the rest of the world. Among the topics to be studied will be politics, economics, social welfare, art and architecture, music, film, literature, drama, the media, emigration, and Scandinavian languages. The course will be a combination of lectures by the instructor, and guests, and discussions. A class report will be required, plus a final exam. The required textbook is Scandinavia by Franklin Scott; other readings will be added. (K. Marzolf)


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