Germanic Languages & Literatures

Dutch Courses (Division 357)

112. Second Special Speaking and Reading Course. Dutch 111 or the equivalent. (4). (FL).

This course, a continuation of 111, proceeds with the basic grammar of the Dutch language. We will primarily use the monolingual text Levend Nederlands (Living Dutch), in which each lesson consists of an everyday conversation, a grammatical explanation, exercises, a comprehensive vocabulary list of one topic, questions about the conversation, discussion and homework. To strengthen the command of the language, grammatical patterns in conversation will be emphasized. To enliven the class, the teacher will present the students with songs of Dutch singers and cabaret artists, and simple prose, which can serve as a starting point for conversation. (Snoek)

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

This course, a continuation of Dutch 231, will examine contemporary Dutch society by means of songs of cabaret artists, comics, newspaper articles, and special instruction-dossiers. These materials will also serve as a starting point for discussion and enable the student to study particular difficulties and subtleties of Dutch grammar and style. Grammatical items introduced in previous courses will be reviewed where necessary. The course will be conducted totally in Dutch. (Snoek)

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

Topic: the creative process, the "making of things." It is a colloquium, so we speak together about the creative process in general and in relation to literature in particular. No special knowledge of other languages required. Required: an open mind, curiosity and love for language and art. Language will be treated as that particular medium in which we have to speak, think, write, obey even. Literature: will be available in the form of Xeroxes and books. Some of them have to be bought. Evaluation: students who have enrolled must write a paper at the end of the term. Instruction: colloquium, discussion, cassettes. (Schierbeek)

495. Topics in Dutch Literature. Dutch 232 or the equivalent. (3). (HU). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

This course, meant for students who have had at least two years of Dutch, will concentrate on only one author, literary movement or theme in Dutch literature. Philosophical, structural, comparative and sociological aspects can be examined. (Snoek)

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.

104. German for Vocalists. Open to Music School students; others by permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

The main objective of this course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in German pronunciation and grammar, leading to excellent German diction. Students will learn how to analyze sounds phonetically and to reproduce them in a musical context. Attention will be given to differences in spoken and sung German. This course is primarily for School of Music students but is not limited to voice majors. Those who intend to do choral conducting, accompanying, or opera coaching and conducting are encouraged to attend. This is an introductory course and does not prepare students for advanced German courses. (Ehmann)

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.

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.

230. Intensive Second-Year Course. German 102 or the equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 221, 222, 231, or 232. (8). (FL).

German 230 is an accelerated course in intermediate German. The four basic communications skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) are all taught, but particular emphasis is placed on speaking and listening. The language of the classroom is German. The text used is Die Welt der Jugend, and is supplemented by material from German newspapers and literary works, as well as by audio-visual materials (music, slides, etc.). There are weekly quizzes, a midterm, a final, and frequent homework assignments. Successful completion of the course satisfies the LSA foreign language requirement, and qualifies a student to continue to 300-level courses. Students interested in the course are advised to confer with the instructor before registering for this course, because of its special nature.

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).

The course offers an introduction to modern literature of the German-speaking countries. Practice in writing and speaking is based on the content of the fiction. The course is conducted primarily in German, but not exclusively. Satisfactory completion of the course fulfills the LS&A language requirement.

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 Winter 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 the first 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 351 is offered Winter Term, 1981.

The course is designed to introduce students to the terminology and practices of procedures used in German business, industry, trade, banking and insurance and the journals, newspapers and reports covering their activities. The subjects covered range from advertising to financial transactions and reports. The course is a continuation of German 350 which is not a prerequisite to 351. The text will consist of readings from actual German business reports and transactions taken from journals, newspapers and professional journals and advertising. The emphasis in the course will be on banking, commerce and international trade. There will be a selected list of outside reading in English such as William Manchester's The Arms of Krupp and others. (Fabian)

382. Nineteenth to Twentieth-Century Drama. German 232 (or 222); or the equivalent (placement test). (3). (HU).

The texts provide an introduction to German dramas of the 20th century. These dramas reflect not only the main literary but also the significant cultural and political trends of the period. In conjunction with German 381, 383, 384, or 385 this course can be taken in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a German concentration or for a German teaching major or minor. The emphasis is on the analysis of individual plays, but the instructor will include some biographical, literary and historical background. The major language is German, but not exclusively. Two short interpretive papers will be assigned for the term; they may be in English. The final exam will consist of essay questions concerning the texts for the term. (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)

385. Short Fiction: Naturalism to the Present. German 232 (or 222) or the equivalent. (3). (HU).

Through the reading of significant works of short fiction, this course provides an introduction to the literature of German-speaking countries from the turn of the century to the present. It offers students who have mastered the mechanics of reading German an opportunity to study representative works and to gain some insight into the literary, cultural, and political trends of the period. In conjunction with German 381, 382, 383, or 384, 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 readings consist of shorter works of prose fiction by such authors as Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, Gunther Grass, and representative writers of East Germany. While the main emphasis is on the analysis of individual works, biographical, literary, and historical background material is presented. The course format is primarily guided discussion although the instructor does give background material in lecture form. Depending upon the individual instructor, lectures may be in English or in German. Discussions are usually conducted in German, but students are not required to use German exclusively. The approach is literary, and translation problems are dealt with only incidentally. Students may be assigned outside readings, and brief interpretative papers of six to ten pages may be assigned on these readings. Depending upon the individual instructor, one or more one-hour examinations may be given during the term. These tests and the final examination usually include essay and brief identification questions. (Hofacker)

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

German 426 is offered Winter 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. (Crichton)

441. Nineteenth-Century Novelle and Novel. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

This course will introduce the student to significant works of fiction from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. In general, it will concentrate on the German Novelle, whose development during this time represents one of the major achievements of German literature. Students will read the texts closely as works of art. The links between the authors' lives and their works, as well as the social and political context of German literature during that period will also be studied. The following texts were read last year: Goethe, selections from Unterhaltungen Deutscher Ausgewanderten, Tieck's Der Blonde Eckbert, Hoffmann's Fraulein von Scuderi, Gotthelf's Schwarze Spinne, Morike's Mozart auf der Reise nach Prag, Stifter's Bergkristall, Keller's Die drei Gerechten Kammacher, Meyer's Hochzeit des Monchs, Storm's Schimmelreiter, and Fontane's Jenny Treibel. Fifteen to twenty pages of reading would be required for each meeting. Because of the relatively small size of the class, there will be frequent discussions and German will be used as much as possible, but the needs of those students who might encounter some difficulties will be considered. Occasional brief lectures will provide background materials. Students will be expected to write a term paper on a topic which they select. Students should have completed at least two years of College level German, or the equivalent. (Hubbs)

482. German Comedy. Three years of college German or the equivalent. (3). (HU).

One play each week of the term will be the focus of our study of German dramatic comedy from the late eighteenth century to the present time (from Lessing to Durrenmatt and Frisch). The emphasis will be on the analysis of the individual plays, mainly through class discussion, but the instructor will also include some biographical and historical background in short lectures. No special background in drama is required, but students should have enrolled in one or two 300-level literature courses or their equivalents before enrolling in this course. Students will write two interpretive papers of medium length, based on the readings for the course, either in English or German. The final exam will consist of responses to a choice of essay questions concerning the texts. The course will be conducted in both English and German. (Grilk)

German Literature and Culture in English

Courses in this section do not require knowledge of German.

320. German Expressionism in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; sophomores by permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course will examine the intellectual, social, and political events in Germany from 1900 to 1930. The subjects covered will include the various forms of art and how they relate to each other and to the cultural and political climate of Germany during that time. Special emphasis will be given to those aspects of the period which eventually proved to be of significant influence on American culture. The format of the course includes lectures and discussion. Included in the course will be the viewing of films of the most important film directors of the time such as Lubitsch, Land, Murnau, Wiene, Pabts, Lamprecht and Ruttmann and films indicative of the period but not generally available such as: Siegfried, Nosferatu, Roskolnikow, The Cursed, Pandora's Box, Pitz Palu and Spies among others. A term paper or a final examination will be required. (Fabian)

434. German Literature in Translation from 1880 to the Present. (3). (HU).

Contingent on the availability of translations, works by the following are read and discussed: Hauptmann, Kaiser, Brecht, Durrenmatt, Frisch, Hesse, Thomas Mann, Kafka, Grass and Boll. Emphasis in discussions is placed on the texts themselves, the movements they represent, e.g., Naturalism and Expressionism, and the political-social developments they reflect, e.g., Nazism, Communism, etc. (Seidler)

Scandinavian Courses (Division 471)

103, 104(113, 114). Elementary Swedish. Swedish 103 is prerequisite to 104. (4 each). (FL).

Scandinavian 104 is offered Winter Term, 1982.

The objective of the course is to develop the beginning student's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Swedish. There will be an elementary text, an exercise book, a grammar and some supplemental materials in the form of a course pack. Oral, written, and listening exercises will be employed. Students are evaluated on the basis of examinations and class participation.

105, 106(115, 116). Elementary Danish. Danish 105 is prerequisite to 106. (4 each). (FL).

Scandinavian 106 is offered Winter Term, 1982.

Scandinavian 106 is the continuation of the introductory course. Instruction is geared toward rapid acquisition of speaking, reading and writing skills. The exposure gained in this and subsequent courses in Danish prepares students to explore their individual areas of interest through Danish culture. Student evaluation is made through reading and speaking ability. (Greene-Gantzberg)

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

Scandinavian 118 is offered Winter Term, 1982.

Scandinavian 118 is the second term of the introductory sequence aimed at developing the student's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Finnish. The textbook is Nuutinen's Suomea Suomeksi supplemented by Hamalainen's Suomen Harjoituksia which provides various kinds of oral drills and listening exercises to be used in the Language Laboratory. The students are evaluated on the basis of examinations and class participation. (Tuominen)

231, 232. Readings in Modern Norwegian Literature. Norwegian 111 and 112; or the equivalent. Norwegian 231 is prerequisite to 232. (4 each). (FL).

Scandinavian 232 is offered Winter Term, 1982.

The course will involve readings from Ibsen to the present. Emphasis will be on reading and writing. The method of instruction will be class discussion. Students will be expected to give 5-10 minute discussions on assigned readings. An exam or a term paper will serve as the basis for evaluation.

Scandinavian Literature in English

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

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

Scandinavian 422 is offered Winter Term, 1982.

"Modern Scandinavian Literature in Translation" 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 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. Required texts: P.M. Mitchell & Billeskov Jansen, Anthology of Danish Literature vol. 2, and Karl Erik Lagerlof, (ed), Modern Swedish Prose in Translation. (Greene-Gantzberg)

441. Norse Mythology and Legend in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

This course is designed to introduce students who are generally unfamiliar with the language and culture of the North to the mythology, religion, and heroic legend of pagan Scandinavia. Course topics include sources of knowledge of Norse myth and legend including literary records and archaeological and linguistic evidence; the Cosmogony and individual gods and goddesses; theoretical considerations of myth; and heroic legend, especially the Sigurd of Sigfrid legend. The course is taught in English and uses a lecture format with opportunity for questions and discussion. Course requirements include a midterm, a final examination or paper, and short readings from selected works on reserve. Course texts include H.R.E. Davidson, Gods and Myths of Northern Europe; Bellows, translator, The Elder Edda; Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda (translated by J. Young); Volsunga Saga; and Georges Dumezil, Gods of the Ancient Northmen.

442. The Icelandic Saga in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course aims to introduce students to the Saga-literature of medieval Iceland through the reading and study of about a dozen of these prose narratives. No previous knowledge of the subject is required, as lectures will provide enough philological and literary background to permit an appreciation of the sagas and an understanding of their literary value and historical position. The basic lecture format will be flexible enough to allow frequent questions and discussion. There will be a midterm and a final examination. (In certain circumstances a paper may be substituted for the final). Sample texts include Njal's Saga, Egil's Saga, The Saga of Gisli, Laxdaela Saga, Hrolf Kraki and his Champions, The Saga of Grettir the Strong, Tristranis Saga, and a historical (King's) saga by Snorri Sturluson.


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