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).

TRANSLATING POETRY. One of the best ways to get more closely acquainted with the poetry of another culture is: translating it. The students of this colloquium are expected to create English poetry from rough prose translations of modern Dutch verse. Twentieth century history of poetry in The Netherlands is part of the course. Besides, we will discuss some theories on the translation of poems. The course is conducted in English; knowledge of Dutch is not required. At the end of the term the students have to hand in their personal translation of an assigned poem, together with a paper in which they explain the selections they made while translating. The instructor of this course is a Dutch poet and critic himself. (Arie van den Berg)

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. (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.

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.

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

The course is designed to introduce students to the terminology of practices and 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, however, a prerequisite to 351. The texts 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 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 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. (Seidler)

385. Short Fiction: Naturalism to the Present. German 232 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, Boll, 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)

415. The German Language Past and Present. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

German 415 includes an introduction to general linguistics, analysis of the structure of German, and a survey of the historical development of German and its dialects. Students will be expected to read extensively, do homework problems, take frequent quizzes and a final examination, and write a term paper. (Markey)

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)

451(470). 16th and 17th Century Literature. Senior standing; or permission of instructor. (2). (HU).

This course provides an introduction to the Renaissance, Reformation, Humanism, and the Baroque in Germany on the basis of major literary Works. Texts include The Ship of Fools, the writings of Martin Luther, the Nuremberg Master Singers, as well as one Baroque comedy. (Dunnhaupt)

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

The objective of this 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 (Gott-helf, Morike, Stifter), and Realism (Keller, Meyer, Storm, Fontane) will be explored. Lectures and discussions will be conducted in German. (Weiss)

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)

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)

375/MARC 375/Rel. 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology. (3). (HU).

See Religion 375. (Beck)

442. Faust and the Faust Legend in English Translation. Junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The primary focus of the course will be on Goethe's poetic drama Faust, which ranks among the great masterpieces of Western literature. To become acquainted with its roots in the popular legend of the scholar who pledges his soul to the devil in return for knowledge and magic powers, we will briefly study excerpts from the English Faust-book of 1592 (translated from a German Volksbuch published in 1587), and will read the first literary masterpiece based on the theme, Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. We will read both parts of Goethe's Faust in a modern translation which reproduces the rich variety of its verse forms and is well annotated. For a few crucial scenes, several alternative translations will be examined. While discussion of the texts will be our main concern, there will also be background lectures. There will be a term paper of about ten pages, a midterm and a final examination. (Crichton)

444/MARC 443. Medieval German Literature in English Translation. Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

Special emphasis will be placed on the main literary genres of the period between Charlemagne and 1300, but the course will also pay attention to the aspect of literary continuity, i.e., to the period before 800 and to that of the 14th and 15th centuries. By reading and discussing the heroic poem, pre-courtly narrative, courtly romance, novella, troubadour lyric (with musical illustration) and other genres, the student will gain an insight into not only the literature but also the social, cultural, and political complexity of the Middle Ages in Europe. Included in the readings will be the well-known Carmina Burana manuscript and such works as the Nibelungenlied, Tristan and Isolde, and the Grail story, Parzival. Poems of the legendary but historical Tannhauser will be read, and the role of women in medieval literature will be examined, e.g., in Service of Ladies by Ulrich von Lichtenstein. There will be an oral report, a term paper of 10 to 15 pages, and a final examination. (Scholler)

449. Special Topics in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

PSYCHOANALYSIS AND MODERN GERMAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION. First, this course will offer a basic introduction to the Freudian and Jungian theory of human psychology and psychopathology: the nature of the personal and impersonal unconscious; theories of the instincts and their transformation; the development and function of the ego; the mechanisms of defense and repair; and theories and methods for the interpretation of dreams and works of art. Second, this course will conclude with two studies in applied psychoanalysis. (1.) Kafka and Freud: Kafka's childhood and his relationship to his father will be examined in light of the trauma of the bourgeois nuclear family as described by Freud. Also, the Freudian theory of dream interpretation will be applied as a technique for the analysis of Kafka's literary fantasies of guilt, punishment, and suicide. Texts: Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams; Kafka's short stories and The Trial. (2.) Hesse and Jung: "The search for identity" of Hesse's protagonists will be examined in the perspective of Jung's individuation process, the persona, the shadow, archetypes of the Collective Unconscious, and man's quest for mystical illumination. Texts: Selections from The Portable Jung; Hesse's Siddhartha and Steppenwolf. Kafka's and Hesse's lives will also be analyzed from the perspective of theories of neurosis and artistic creativity. Midterm and final exam. (Peters)

Scandinavian Courses (Division 471)

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

Intermediate Swedish is intended for students with some previous knowledge of the language in function. The emphasis is placed on developing communicative language skills, but we will also go on with a review and extension of the basic grammar that was introduced in Swedish 103. Oral, written, and listening exercises will be employed in the classroom and the language lab. The textbook will be supplemented by newspaper articles, poems, etc. Students are evaluated on the basis of class participation and examinations. The teacher is a native speaker. (Larsson)

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

Intermediate Danish is intended for students with some previous knowledge of the language. The emphasis will be placed on developing communicative language skills, but there will also be a review and an extension of the basic grammar introduced in Danish 105. Oral, written, and listening exercises will be employed in the classroom and the language lab. The course will be taught on the basis of a Coursepack including newspaper articles, short stories, and poems. Students are evaluated on the basis of class participation and examination. The teacher is a native speaker from Denmark. (Mose)

Scandinavian Literature in English

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

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.

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

SCANDINAVIAN LITERATURE AND THE WORLD WARS. Literature has always dipped its toes in the streams and currents of history, culture, and social trends. In fact, literature has often played the useful role of interpreter/critic of an age, illuminating the raw and painful subject matter that is our daily life. Literature nudges us towards self-understanding and documents our changing views of the world around us. In this course, we will read a selection of poetry, drama, short stories, and novels written by Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish writers between the World Wars. We will examine the history and culture that shaped these writers and will explore the ways that socio-political factors of the times may have influenced the works they produced. Our goal is to become familiar with some important Scandinavian authors and to delve into the historical, cultural, literary world of 1920-1949. Students will be expected to read a sampling of works by authors such as Kjeld Abell, Karen Blixen, H.C. Branner, Nordahl Grieg, Sigurd Hoel, Eyvind Johnson, Por Lagerkvist, Kaj Munk, and Cora Sandel. Works will be read and discussed in English. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is needed. Two 5-7 page papers will be required, and students will be asked to keep a reading journal with their reactions to works read. (Engholm)

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. Texts will probably include such readings as 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. (Markey)

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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