Germanic Languages and 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. (Broos)

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. (Broos)

492. Colloquium on Modern Dutch Literature. Senior standing or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).
The Dutch Jewry.
Point of departure will be the work of Jacques Presser, Dutch historian, who wrote: Ashes in the Wind: The Destruction of the Dutch Jewry. This book and a short story of J. Presser about the Dutch concentration camp Westerbork, "Breaking Point," are available for students in English translation. Visual documentation of the story of the Dutch Jews will be analyzed. Two films of Mr. Bregstein will be shown: The Past that Lives and In Search of Jewish Amsterdam. The tolerance of the Dutch towards all kinds of refugees from persecution will be analyzed as characteristic of Dutch social and cultural life. The unique integration of Jews and non-Jews from the 17th century on will be discussed, and compared with the rest of Europe, where this was not the case. The great contribution of the Dutch Jews to the socialist movement and cultural life will be analyzed. The question will be posed, how the Nazi persecutors could do their work so perfectly after 1940, killing 100,000 Dutch Jews. The question is one of the most burning questions that Dutch society has posed itself since World War II. The possible answers have had a great influence on political discussions and on many important works of literature. Apart from this, several important Dutch writers and poets will be introduced in English translation. Copies are available for students. (Bregstein)

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

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 work. The course will be conducted totally in Dutch. (Broos)

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.

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.

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).

This course is for students who have successfully completed German 100 or German 102, or the equivalent. This intensive course, which meets twice a day, four days a week, is in sequence with German 100. Students will develop a good grasp of grammatical concepts, and gain insight into the cultures in which German is spoken. Active participation during each class, conducted in German, will enable each student to practice the basic communication skills of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. These skills will be emphasized and developed equally. Grades are based on class participation, weekly quizzes, essays, a midterm and a final. Some reading materials newspaper articles, short stories, and poems will be distributed in class. Required texts are German in Review, Die Welt der Jugend and its workbook, and a novel. Successful completion of this course satisfies the LSA foreign language requirement, and qualifies a student to take German courses on the 300 level.

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 Winter Term, 1983.

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 351 is offered Winter Term, 1983.

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 texts read in recent terms were by Hofmannsthal, Brecht, Kaiser, Zuckmayer, Durrenmatt and Frisch. 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)

383. German Lyric Poetry. German 232 (or 222) or permission of department. (3). (HU).

The course offers a selection of German lyric poems from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century, with emphasis on Goethe and the nineteenth century. It also offers the student a chance to learn how to approach the structure and content of lyric poetry as an educated reader and interpreter. Such subjects as the metric foot, the line and stanza, the rhyme and the interplay of meter and rhythm will be taken up in detail. As the students master these fundamentals in connection with their reading they will acquire the skills needed to appreciate poetry and to interpret individual poems themselves. The class will be conducted largely as a seminar or discussion. There will be several short interpretive papers as well as the usual midterm and final exams. The texts, which are on special order from Germany at a local bookstore, are the anthology Deutsche Gedichte von den Anfaengen bis zur Gegenwart by Echtermeyer and Von Wiese, and the Kleine Deutsche Versschule by Wolfgang Kayser. (Cottrell)

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

The texts provide an introduction to German short stories and novellas of the twentieth century, from the periods before and between the world wars (Mann and Kafka) to recent prose fiction (Grass). In conjunction with German 381, 382, 383, or 384 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 the individual works, but some historical and literary background material will be included. The texts read in recent terms were by Kafka, Mann, Musil, Durrenmatt and Grass. 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)

417/Anthro. 476/Ling. 417. Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics. Ling. 411 or the equivalent. (3). (HU).

See Linguistics 417 for description. (Markey)

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

German 426 is offered Winter Term, 1983.

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)

466. German Romanticism. Three years of college level German or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The objective of the course is to introduce the student to the contributions of romanticism to German literary and cultural history. Attention will also be paid to the social and political conditions of the period. Readings will primarily consist of selected fiction and poetry. Students are expected to have completed at least three years of college level German, or the equivalent. They will be encouraged to participate in class discussions for which there should be ample opportunity. (Weiss)

474. German Enlightenment. Completion of a 300-level German course or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course will cover the literature (a) of the German enlightenment and (b) of the Storm and Stress movement, the reaction to the former. Although the course has to be selective with regard to the material presented, the selection made should enable the student to get a somewhat complete picture of the period. Genres to be covered include in section (a): fable and verse narrative; didactic poem, mock epic; idyll; prose novel; drama; dialogue; in section (b): lyric poetry, drama, literary theory. The introductory lectures will be kept brief in order to allow maximum student participation. Major works will be assigned to be read and prepared for class discussion. Priority will be given to term papers to be presented in class. Depending on the participants' knowledge of German, the instructor will speak German, students have an option. Requirements, syllabus, reading assignments, copies for term papers will be discussed in the first session. A reading list will be available after Thanksgiving of 1982. (Schelle)

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

German 492 is offered Winter Term, 1983.

German 492 can be elected only by students who have completed the Senior Honors Proseminar, German 491. In German 492, students write their Honors thesis on a literary topic of their own selection. Each student works under the supervision of a faculty member who has a research interest in the general area of the thesis topic. The grade is based on the quality of the thesis, which will be read by at least one faculty member in addition to the thesis director, and on the student's performance in an oral defense of the thesis before a faculty committee. If the work is judged to be of Honors caliber, an Honors citation is also awarded. (Crichton)

German Literature and Culture in English

Courses in this section do not require knowledge of German.

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

German 434 will be restructured to deal with six "modern classics": two playwrights (Hauptman and Brecht), two novelists (Mann and Kafka), and two poets (Rilke and Benn). The texts used will be several plays by Hauptmann (including The Weavers) and by Brecht (including Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle), as well as theoretical writings by the latter; a novel (Buddenbrooks) and several short stories by Mann; Kafka's The Trial and selected stories; Rilke's Duino Elegies, and selected poems by Benn. The authors will be presented in a comparative context of modern European literature and with a view to historic developments in Germany. Prerequisites: senior standing or permission of instructor, some background in modern literature. Lectures and class discussions. One short (interpretive) paper and one long (research) paper, final examination. (Seidler)

Scandinavian Courses (Division 471)

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

Scandinavian 102 is offered Winter Term, 1983.

Second term elementary Norwegian, for which either Scandinavian 101 or permission of instructor is required. The focus is primarily on conversation and improving speaking skills. A piece of modern Norwegian literature will be read towards the end of the term. Student evaluation is based on class participation and examinations. (Markey)

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 234 is offered Winter Term, 1983.

Course readings reflect various aspects of modern Swedish writing in the form of short stories, poems and excerpts from novels. In addition, there are short social and human interest stories and readings on topical issues (editorials, satires, humorous pieces, autobiographies) from an anthology or a course pack. The completion of one full-sized book as outside reading with the aim of increasing the student's vocabulary, fluency in, and understanding of the Swedish language will be required. Readings are discussed in class, and class participation is encouraged and emphasized. There will be a grammar review and shorter writing assignments throughout the term. Student evaluation is based upon written tests, class participation, and a final examination. (Stafford)

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 236 is offered Winter Term, 1983.

A study of selected Danish prose and poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries. Student evaluation based on class participation and exams. Texts to be drawn when possible from the library. Lecture and class discussion. (Ober)

430. Colloquium in Scandinavian Literature. Reading knowledge of a Scandinavian language. (3). (HU). May be elected twice for credit.

Selected prose and poetry of major Scandinavian writers of late 19th and 20th centuries, selections to be based on students' individual linguistic and cultural interests. Readings in the various Scandinavian languages, reports and discussions in English. Student evaluation based on papers presented in class and on participation in discussions. Seminar-type class. (Ober)

Scandinavian Literature in English

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

332. Scandinavian Folklore. (3). (HU).

Study of folk tales, folk ballads, etc. of the Scandinavian linguistic area, including the Faeroe Islands, beginning with survey of Scandinavian mythology. To include discussion of folklore collectors such as Jon Arnason in Iceland and Asbjornsen and Moe in Norway. Student evaluation based on class participation, reports, and exams. Lecture and discussion. (Ober)


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