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)

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)

492. Colloquium on Modern Dutch Culture and Literature. Senior standing or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).
Section 001 A CREATIVE WRITING COURSE WITH A DIFFERENCE.


Most creative writing courses focus on the techniques of writing; this one differs markedly in that it will focus on the psychological aspects of writing. What makes authors write and what inhibits them? What is talent, and what does it mean to be talented? What role does the subconscious play and how can one activate it? What is obsession and what is discipline? Many such subjects will be addressed as they come up from either side of the lectern. A course, not intended for crammers and passive lecture listeners, but for aspiring writers who are serious about their art and feel they could use some coaching of what it really means to be an author. The student's background must include some creative writing, graduate level or the instructor's permission. The student's grade will be based on participation in group discussion of relevant topics and creative expression. The class will be a colloquium, requiring active participation in thought and expression. (Ten Hoopen)

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)

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.

302/Ling. 332. Elementary Yiddish. German (Yiddish) 301 or the equivalent. (3). (FL).

See Linguistics 332. (Norich)

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

The sequence of German 325 and 326 is primarily intended to improve fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German. One hour each week is devoted to a systematic grammar review including translation from English to German. The remaining class time is devoted to German conversation based on a discussion of a reading text and of other topics chosen at the discretion of the individual instructor. A German essay of one or two pages is assigned approximately every week. One or more five-minute oral presentations may be required. There are midterm and final examinations.

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

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

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

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. (Hubbs)

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 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 or German. 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. (Hill)

426 Intermediate Composition and Conversation. German 425 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)

452(475). German Literature of the Eighteenth Century. Senior standing. (3). (HU).

The course presents various aspects of a great period which is rich in contrasts and abundant in significant literary works which have still a bearing on our time. In Rococo poetry, e.g., man asserts his resolve to enjoy life, to indulge in the light-hearted pleasures of our existence, while in the drama of the era, the young generation revolts against the oppression by the establishment, etc. Although the course has to be selective with regard to the material presented, the selection should enable the students to get an overall picture of the period. The assigned readings will be introduced and discussed in class. Instructor will speak German, students have the option. The division of the time between lectures and discussions will be flexible depending on the composition of the class. A complete syllabus in available through the German Department office, the concentration adviser, or the instructor. The syllabus may be subject to changes and will be discussed at the first meeting. There will be an option between a final examination and term papers. (Schelle)

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

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)

504. History of the German Language. Graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

This course focuses on the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and lexical processes of linguistic change which affected the precursors of modern German. All periods from Proto-Indoeuropean to the 20th century will be covered, but special emphasis is given to Old/Middle High German and Early Modern German. Considerable attention will be paid to social, political, and economic correlates of these linguistic developments. Students are expected to submit a research paper of approximately 20 pages toward the end of the term. The course is intended for graduate students, but is open to juniors and seniors. The prerequisites are German 415, Linguistics 211 (or equivalent), or the permission of the instructor. (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 literary 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)

447(437). The Literary Interpretations of C. G. Jung in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. A knowledge of German is helpful but is not required. (3). (HU).

No knowledge of German or of C. G. Jung is required. The course will consist of an introduction to the theories of Jung as they pertain to literary criticism and a comparison of these theories with those of other schools of psychology. Jung's theories will be applied in the analysis of specific literary works and a critical view of them will be derived from the results. There will be a midterm examination and a final term paper. The paper will be a Jungian study of a specific literary work chosen in conference with the instructor. Some of the supernatural tales of E. T. A. Hoffmann, Franz Kafka, and Edgar A. Poe will be read during the term, as well as works by Durrenmatt, Hermann Hesse, and Herman Melville. The emphasis is on the analysis of the individual works through discussion, but the instructor will supply all necessary background material. (Hubbs)

449/REES 449. Contemporary East European Poetry in English. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
EAST EUROPEAN POETRY IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION.
The course offers readings, lectures, and discussion of the poetries of the countries of Eastern Europe in English translation; included are Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, East German, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Yugoslav (Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, Slovenian), Bulgarian, and Yiddish poetry. No knowledge of a foreign language is required, nor is there any specific prerequisite for the course, but it helps to have either read substantial amounts of English and American poetry or to have had some course work in the reading and criticism of modern verse. Class procedure consists of lectures and discussion of assigned texts; the principal textbook is: CONTEMPORARY EAST EUROPEAN POETRY: AN ANTHOLOGY, ed. Emery George (Ardis, 1983). Students with linguistic proficiency in any of the above (or neighboring, e.g., Ukrainian) areas are encouraged to work with the original texts, as long as they also make texts available in English for class use. There are a midterm and a final examination, and two papers, one minor and one major, are required. (George)

Scandinavian Courses (Division 471)

234 Readings in Modern Swedish Literature. Swedish 233. (4). (FL).

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, short stories, and extracts from novels. Oral, written, and listening exercises will be employed. Students are evaluated on the basis of examinations and class participation. (Stafford)

Scandinavian Literature in English

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

349. Independent Study. Permission of chairman. (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.

413/Hist. of Art 413/Architecture 413. Architecture and Art of Scandinavia. (3). (HU).

See History of Art 413. (K. Marzolf)

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

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. (M. Marzolf)

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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