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 further examine the particular difficulties and subtleties of Dutch grammar and style. Grammatical items introduced in previous courses will be reviewed where necessary. Introduction to contemporary Dutch society by means of songs, comics, newspaper articles, and literature will enliven the course, which will be conducted mostly in Dutch. (Broos)

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

Mischa de Vreede, Dutch writer-in-residence will discuss this term: (1) the "survival" of a woman writer in the European context. Although the general problems of a free-lance author will be discussed, most observation will be based on her own experiences; (2) her particular fields of expertise which include lyrical poetry, the novel, translations, children's literature, radio plays, and newspaper columns; (3) the opportunities offered by the professional societies for the promotion of artists in Europe. Readings will include translations of her own works and supplementary material. One substantial paper will be required. (de Vreede)

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.

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. (Hofacker)

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 the developed equally. Grades will be based on class participation, weekly quizzes, essays, a midterm, and a final. Required texts: Barrock/Rabura, Mosaik. Deutsche Grammatik. New York, Random House, 1982; Konrad/Vivian, Mosaik. Deutsche Literatur. New York, Random House, 1982; Rabura/Barrack, Mosaik. Deutsche Kultur. New York, Random House, 1982; Barrack, Mosaik. Arbeitsheft. New York, Random House, 1982; Frisch, Homo Faber. Edited and slightly abridged by Paul Kurt Ackermann. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1973. Successful completion of this course satisfies the LSA foreign language requirement, and qualifies a student to take German courses on the 300 level. (Zahn)

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 periodic 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 the culture and 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, 302./Ling. 331, 332. Elementary Yiddish. German (Yiddish) 301 or the equivalent is prerequisite for 302. (3 each). (FL).

See Linguistics 332. (Norich)

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, 1984.

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 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. (Crichton)

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

German 351 is offered Winter Term, 1984.

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).

This course introduces students to German lyric poetry, a genre in which the German-speaking countries have made some of their most significant contributions to world literature. There will be special emphasis on poetry from the age of Goethe through the early 20th century, but a few examples of earlier and more recent poems will also be included. One class hour per week for approximately the first half of the term will be devoted to study of a theoretical handbook (Wolfgang Kayser, Kleine deutsche Versschule) in order to familiarize students with the technical aspects of literary analysis. The primary focus of the course will be on analysis of individual poems from the anthology Deutsche Gedichte, ed. Echtermeyer/von Wiese. The course format is guided discussion with occasional background lectures. While the instructor will speak German, students may use English in discussion if necessary. Papers and examinations will normally be written in English. There will be two short interpretive papers, a midterm and a final examination. (Crichton)

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

The course will consist of an intensive reading of representative short stories from Hauptmann to Grass. Essential background material will be provided during class discussion. There will be a midterm examination, a short paper, and a take-home final. The final grade will be determined from the examinations and performance in discussion, which will be carried out in German and English. The emphasis is on the analysis of the specific works as representative of genres and schools. (Hubbs)

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

See Linguistics 417. (Hill)

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

German 426 is offered Winter Term, 1984.

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)

455(441). Nineteenth-Century German Fiction. Junior, senior, or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (3 each). (HU).

The objective of the course is to introduce the students to significant works of German fiction of the nineteenth century. Particular attention will be given to the Novelle whose development during this period constitutes one of the major achievements of German literature. Works representing Romanticism (Tieck, Hoffmann), the Biedermeierzeit (Gotthelf, Moerike, Stifter), and Realism (Keller, Meyer, Storm, Fontane) will be explored. Lectures and discussions will be conducted in German. (Weiss)

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

German 492 is offered Winter Term, 1984.

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)

506. Seminar in the Structure of Modern German. German 415 or equivalent; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

German 506 is intended as a graduate seminar, but is open to interested juniors and seniors. Prerequisites are German 415, equivalent, or the permission of the instructor. The course content will be determined by the instructor and will vary from year to year depending on perceived departmental needs. It will provide in-depth analyses of selected topics in either synchronic or diachronic German linguistics which will be discussed in the light of currently applicable models of linguistic analysis. Interested students should contact the instructor for further information. Requirements will generally include a number of written assignments, a midterm examination, and a term paper or final examination. (Born)

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)

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, 1984.

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, and a grammar. The emphasis will be on everyday conversation, often practiced in the form of short dialogues or role-play. We will also look at Sweden from different angles culture, history, literature, and current issues. (Larsson)

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, 1984.

In this second-year Norwegian course we will primarily concentrate on Norwegian literature from Ibsen to the present. The emphasis will be on reading and writing the language, but oral discussion is expected in class. The necessary background for the course is either (approx.) 1 year's beginning Norwegian or the equivalent experience in Norway. We will read short stories and poetry as well as novels and plays. The method of instruction will be class discussion; we will concentrate more on expanding students' vocabulary and mastery of the language than literary theory. The students will be expected to give 5-10 min. talks on the readings as assigned. The students can choose between a term paper or a written exam as the basis of evaluation; written shorter essays will also be assigned with plenty of advance warning. A list of required texts may be obtained from the instructor. (Gunneng)

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, 1984.

In this course we will speak Swedish as much as possible, and go on with the review of basic grammar that started in Swedish 233. We will use newspaper articles as well as poems and extracts from novels, and we will also use a book that gives background facts about everyday life in Sweden. Oral, written, and listening exercises will be employed. Students are evaluated on the basis of examinations and class participation. (Larsson)

450/Ling. 475. History and Structure of the Scandinavian Languages. Reading knowledge of a Scandinavian language. (3). (HU).

An introduction to Scandinavian linguistics, including Proto-Scandinavian, Old Norse, and the modern languages of Scandinavia; language standardization and socio-linguistics; dialect geography. Some familiarity with a Scandinavian language is presumed. Lectures and discussion. (Markey)

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 421 is offered Winter Term, 1984.

Scandinavian literature in translation introduces students to the major works of imaginative literature in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, and to the literary movements, with emphasis on the late 19th and 20th centuries. Students will read the major authors and will do two short, critical essays on the works of a single author of comparative works. There will be a final exam over the entire course. The course will be structured as a seminar in which the instructor lectures for the first hour, presenting the literary and cultural background and some biographical material for the work being read for discussion. (W 2-4). (M. Marzolf)


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