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, 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)

339. Independent Study. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

This course serves the needs of students who wish to develop special topics not offered in the Dutch Studies curriculum. It may be a program of directed readings with reports, or it may be a research project and long paper. Courses in the past covered different areas like Dutch-Indonesian literature, the language of Rembrandt and his contemporaries, Dutch between English and German, etc. Courses must be supervised by a faculty member and the student must have the faculty member's agreement before electing the course. (Ton 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. Topics in the past have included modern Dutch poetry, Dutch colonial literature, the legacy of Anne Frank: World War II in 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 conducted IN ENGLISH by the annual visiting writer-in-residence, usually a well known novelist or poet(ess) chosen by the Dutch Ministry of Culture to represent The Netherlands. This year's writer will be the distinguished Arie van den Berg, known for his award winning poetry. The difference from ordinary creative writing or poetry appreciation classes is that you will meet an esteemed writer and have the opportunity to exchange views on literature in general, American and Dutch (in translation) in particular. Students are encouraged to bring in their own poetry and prose for reviewing and critical assessment. The course has not the ordinary professorial approach and is open to all lovers of literature, both American and European. Regular class attendance and participation in class discussions followed by at least one substantial paper will be required. (Van den Berg)

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 term that 101 and 102 cover in two terms. 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 LSA 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. (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 the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed 230 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 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-term 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 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 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 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 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.

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), the visual arts (Klimt, Schiele, Wagner, Loos), philosophy (Mach, 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)

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)

450(449). Medieval German Literature in Modern German Translation. Senior or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course is designed as an introduction to literary works from pre-Carolingian times to the classical period of the Hohenstaufen dynasty (8th-13th centuries). Readings will be selected from six centuries of emerging and flourishing literary genres. They will cover heroic poems, courtly romance (especially Arthurian), and the lyrics of the Minnesang (with musical illustration); and they will also include other types of literature, for example, legend, novella, and Spielmannsepik. The discussions will center upon themes, motifs, moral concerns, political, and broad cultural background as well as formal aspects of the works. Within limits, attention will be directed to pertinent cases and similar developments in other European literatures (Latin, English, French, Scandinavian). Among the authors to be studied are Walther von der Vogelweide, Hartmann von Aue, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and the first female author of stature in medieval Europe, Roswitha von Gandersheim; among the anonymous works, the earliest chivalric romance (Ruodlieb ) and the Nibelungenlied. There will be an oral report, a term paper of 10-15 pages, and a final examination. The course lectures will be in German, the discussions in German and English. (Scholler)

453(451). German Classical Literature. 3 years of college German; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course will consist of an intensive reading of works by Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, and Kleist. Although necessary background material will be presented via short lectures, the main body of the course will be a recitation. There will be some reading in secondary literature, and two short papers will be required. There will be a final examination. It is suggested that students read chapters 12, 13, and 14 of Veit Valentin's The German People. (Hubbs)

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. 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.

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.

Section 001 GERMAN DRAMA FROM LESSING TO HOFMANNSTHAL. This course provides an introduction to German drama of the late eighteenth, the nineteenth, and the early twentieth centuries. We will begin with the four major dramatists of the earliest period: Lessing, the foremost author of the German Enlightenment; Goethe and Schiller, the primary representatives of German Classicism; and Kleist, their brilliant, younger contemporary, who shared some of the characteristics of both Classicism and Romanticism but whose works do not fit into either category. Plays by these authors will include Minna von Barnhelm (Lessing), Iphigenia in Tauris (Goethe), Mary Stuart (Schiller), The Broken Jug and Prince Friedrich von Homburg (Kleist). We will continue with Buchner's Danton's Death, written in 1835 but which strikes us as a play of our own time. We will read one play by Grillparzer, Austria's most playwright of the nineteenth century, and conclude with Hofmannsthal's The Difficult Man, a brilliant comedy written at the end of World War I. 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)

446. Contemporary German Literature in English Translation. Junior standing. (2). (HU).

This course will introduce students without knowledge of German to living authors whose work is currently available in English translation. Discussion in a comparative fashion, the German (East and West) contribution to contemporary literary life. Canetti, Boel, Frisch, Grass, Weiss, Hochhuth, Fassbinder, Kroetz, Celan, Enznesberger, and Handke.

Scandinavian Courses (Division 471)

103. Elementary Swedish. (4). (FL).

For students with little or no previous study of Swedish, this course provides a basic introduction to Swedish grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis placed on developing communicative language skills. Extensive practice in listening, speaking, and reading. Regular exercises and tests. The teach for the class is a native speaker from Sweden.

105. Elementary Danish. (4). (FL).

For students with little or no previous study of Danish, this course provides a basic introduction to Danish grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis placed on developing communicative language skills. Extensive practice in listening, speaking, and reading. Regular exercises and tests. The teacher for the class is a native speaker from Denmark.

233. Second-Year Swedish. Swedish 104. (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.

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)

349. Independent Study. Permission of instructor. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

This course serves the needs of students who wish to develop special topics not offered in the Scandinavian Studies curriculum. It may be a program of directed readings with reports, or it may be a research project and long paper. Either must be supervised by a faculty member, and the student must have the faculty member's agreement before electing the course. A proposal must be submitted in advance for the faculty member's approval.

495 Senior Thesis. Open to concentrators in Scandinavian Studies. (3). (Excl). 'Y' grade is listed for 495 until 496 is completed.

The two courses 495 and 496 are consecutive and provide the Scandinavian Studies concentrator with the opportunity to pursue one topic in depth. The first term is devoted to exploration of the topic and presentation of a thesis prospectus and literature survey. A "Y" grade is awarded for successful completion of this first term. The second term is used for writing the thesis, and a letter grade is awarded for the entire six credits of 495 and 496. Each student arranges to study with a thesis adviser, and the final thesis is read by and informally defended before three faculty members of the Scandinavian Studies program. The thesis may be elected for Honors, if the student is eligible for Honors. The two courses are required of all concentrators.

496 Senior Thesis. Open to concentrators in Scandinavian Studies. Scandinavian 495. (3). (Excl). 'Y' grade is listed for 495 until 496 is completed.

See Scandinavian 495 immediately above.


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