Germanic Languages and Literatures

Dutch Courses (Division 357)

111. First Special Speaking and Reading Course. Permission of the department. (4). (FL).

This course provides the student with the basic grammar of the Dutch language. We mainly use the monolingual course-book Levend Nederlands ( Living Dutch ) and each lesson from the book will consist of everyday conversation, a grammatical explanation, exercises, a coherent word list of one topic, questions about the conversation, discussion, and homework. As soon as possible the students will practice the grammatical patterns they have learned and use their vocabulary in conversations with each other. Also to enliven the class, the teacher will present the students with songs of Dutch singers, cabaret artists, and comics, which can serve as a starting point for conversation. Books: Levend Nederlands, Cambridge University Press, New York; W.Z. Shetter, Introduction to Dutch, Nijhoff, The Hague.

231. Second-Year Dutch. Dutch 112 or the equivalent. (4). (FL).

In this course we will speak Dutch as much as possible. We will start with an overview of the basic grammar of the Dutch language. After that, we will probe into the intricacies of sentence structures and style through the usage of several materials such as a book Makkelyk Praten which contains short interviews in colloquial Dutch about a wide range of subjects (from plastic surgery to UFO's), articles from newspapers, songs of singers and cabaret artists, comics, some literary prose and simple poetry. All the offered materials should acquaint the student with different styles in spoken and written Dutch and can serve as a starting point for discussion. Books: a good dictionary. (Broos)

480. Modern Dutch Literature. Dutch 231 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

In this course we will read prose and poetry from one period of modern Dutch literature. Discussion will be conducted in Dutch as much as possible. Every enrolled student should write a paper about one of the treated authors or themes. The paper should be written in the native language of the student. (Broos)

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

Mischa de Vreede, the well-known authoress and Dutch Writer-in-Residence will be teaching this course under the title "Pearl Harbour and After." Subject matter: literature and culture in the former Dutch colony of "Nederlands Indie" (Indonesia). She will also provide insight into the role of women writers in the Netherlands, and in the second term will discuss translations of her own novels. No knowledge of Dutch required. (de Vreede)

German Courses (Division 379)

100. Intensive Elementary Course. No credit granted to those who have completed 101 or 102. (8). (FL).

German 100 is an accelerated course in elementary German, covering the same material in one term that 101 and 102 cover in two terms. The four basic communication skills (speaking, writing, reading, and listening) are all taught, but particular emphasis is placed on speaking and listening. The language of the classroom is German, except during grammar explanations. There are weekly quizzes, a midterm, a final, and frequent homework assignments. Successful completion of German 100 qualifies a student to progress to 200-level German courses.

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.

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 LS&A foreign language requirement. Undergraduates must receive departmental permission prior to electing the course.

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 Fall 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 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.

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

German 350 is offered Fall Term, 1983.

This is an introduction to the vocabulary, practices and procedures found in German business activity. Included are the nomenclature of office procedure, business letters and reports. In addition the course examines the German educational and political system from the standpoint of business practices, such as merchandising and advertising. The reading consists of the reading of actual business, merchandising and advertising material. There is a midterm and a final examination, and the writing of papers and translations during the course is required. The text consists largely of a course pack and a basic text. (Fabian)

381. Eighteenth to Nineteenth-Century Drama. German 232 (or 222) or the equivalent (placement test). (3). (HU).

This course provides an introduction to German literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through several of the great classical dramas. In conjunction with German 382, 383, 384, or 385 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 will begin with the reading of Lessing's lively comedy set against the backdrop of the Seven Years' War, Minna von Barnhelm. The struggle of the great individuality in the context of political intrigues and social forces of history is the central theme of the next play, Schiller's "Maria Stuart," the tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots, held captive by Queen Elizabeth I. Through Goethe's reworking of a play by Euripides, Iphigenie auf Tauris, German classicism's vision of "pure humanity" and its task to ennoble and educate will be explored. Kleist's Prinz Friedrich von Homburg, an astonishingly "modern" drama, depicts the existential struggle of a young man in confrontation with death. Each student will be asked to choose a drama from the period as "outside reading." The emphasis of the course is on the analysis of the works, mainly in class discussion. Students will write two short interpretive papers and a final exam. (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)

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

The objectives of German 415 are to introduce students to the assumptions, terminology, and methodologies of both descriptive and historical linguistics, and to apply these to a survey of the historical background of German from pre-literate times to the present, with emphasis on the emergence of the standard literary dialect. Although our main concern will be the internal structure of the language, we will relate this to the cultural context in which it has evolved. The course is required of undergraduate German concentrators, except that those who have had previous courses in linguistics may substitute a more advanced course in German linguistics, for example 503, 504, or 506. Instruction is through lectures and discussions. Evaluation will be based on homework problems, quizzes, short papers, and a final examination. Students should have attained at least fourth-term proficiency in German. (Kyes)

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

German 425 is offered Fall 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)

450(449). Medieval German Literature in Modern German Translation. Senior or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course is designed as an introduction to literary works from pre-Carolingian times to the classical period of the Hohenstaufen dynasty. Readings will be selected from heroic poems (Heldenlied and Epos), courtly romance (especially Arthurian), and the lyrics of the Minnesang (with musical illustrations), but they will also include other types of literature, for example legend, novella, and Spielmannsepik. The discussions will center around themes, motifs, moral concerns, political and broad cultural background as well as formal aspects of the works. Within limits, attention will be directed to pertinent cases and similar developments in other European literatures (Latin, English, French, Scandinavian). Among the authors to be studied are Roswitha von Gandersheim, Hartmann von Aue, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and Walther von der Vogelweide; among the anonymous works, the Ruodlieb fragments and the Nibelungenlied. There will be an oral report, a term paper of 10-15 pages, and a final examination. (Scholler)

453(451). German Classical Literature. 3 years of college German; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course will provide an introduction to the political, social and philosophical backgrounds of the classical period in German literature through an intensive reading of plays and poems of Goethe and Schiller. There will be one short report to be given orally in class and a final examination. Most of the course is a recitation, but now and again background material will be provided through a short lecture, and/or discussion. (Hubbs)

458(486). German Literature after 1945. Junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

This course is intended as an introduction mainly to West German, but also to some East German, Austrian, and Swiss literature from 1945 to the present. This development will be seen against the most important historic and political events of the period. Attempts at coming to terms with Germany's Nazi past will be analyzed. Significant movements will be studied (Poesie Concrete vs. Political Poetry, Theater of the Absurd vs. Documentary Theater), and younger authors (Celan and Enzensberger, Grass and Handke, Bernhard and Kroetz) are given special attention. Parallels with, and contrasts to, contemporary literature in other countries (USA, England, France) will be established. Anthologies of poems, short stories and essays will be used along with selected plays and short novels. There will be a final exam and two papers (one short interpretation, one longer, researched account of a problem). Lectures will be given in German, discussions in German and English; papers can be written in English or German. (Seidler)

German Literature and Culture in English

Courses in this section do not require knowledge of German.

330/RC Hums. 330. German Cinema. (3). (HU).

This course traces the development of German cinema in its social, political, and cultural context. It presents major films and filmmakers in relation to their historical circumstances and to developments in the other arts. This subject matter falls into two main periods: from the Expressionist era around World War I up to 1933 and from 1965 to the present, with some attention to National Socialist film and the early 1950's. Filmmakers discussed include F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, G.W. Pabst, Volker Schlondorff, R.W. Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Alexander Kluge, and Wim Wenders. The films cover various genres of both fictional and documentary film; 10-12 films are considered, and students are expected to see most films twice. The method of instruction combines lecture and directed discussion. The required readings consist of secondary material on the cultural background of German cinema, commentary on the films and filmmakers, and occasionally scripts and theoretical writings. Students write five short papers (2-4 pp) and two longer ones (5-8 pp). A course fee of $20.00 will cover film rentals. (Zorach)

441. German Masterpieces in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
German Drama from Lessing to Kleist.
We will read and discuss a total of ten selected plays by four major authors of the period of the great flowering of German culture in the late 18th and early 19th century: Lessing, the foremost figure of the German Enlightenment; Goethe and Schiller, who first achieved fame as Sturm and Drang authors and went on to become the primary representatives of German Classicism; and Kleist, their brilliant and tragic younger contemporary, who shared some of the characteristics of both Classicism and Romanticism but whose works do not fit neatly into either category. The specific plays to be treated are: Lessing, Minna von Barnhelm, Nathan the Wise; Goethe, Gotz von Berlichingen, Iphigenia in Tauris, Torquato Tasso; Schiller, Don Carlos, Mary Stuart, The Maid of Orleans; Kleist, The Broken Jug, Prince Friedrich of Homburg. The method of instruction will be lecture/discussion. There will be a term paper, midterm and final examinations. (Crichton)

444/MARC 443. Medieval German Literature in English Translation. Junior, senior, or graduate 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 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.
Kafka and Canetti.
The two closely related writers that will be studied this year are Franz Kafka, whose centenary will be celebrated in 1983, and Elias Canetti, the 1981 Nobel prize winner for literature. The texts used will include one novel by each author (The Trial and Auto-Da-Fe ); several short stories by Kafka and Canetti's Moroccan travel memoir; Kafka's diaries during W.W.I (Diaries 1914-1923 ) and Canetti's during W.W.II ( The Human Province ); and finally, Canetti's critical study called Kafka's Other Trial. By comparing and contrasting the two writers, each as a representative of his generation, new light will be thrown on the development of the German, existentialist branch of Modernism. All the readings will be done in English; a few short reports and one long paper are expected. (Seidler)

Scandinavian Courses (Division 471)

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

Scandinavian 103 is offered Fall Term, 1983.

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. The students are evaluated on the basis of examinations and class participation.

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

Scandinavian 231 is offered Fall Term, 1983.

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)

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.

331. Introduction to Scandinavian Civilization. (3). (HU).

The course will survey a number of topics in Scandinavia's contribution to world culture, in order to introduce the civilization of the Northern countries to students unfamiliar with that part of the world. All work will be done in English translation. Topics might include: the Scandinavian languages, runic inscriptions, the Old Norse Sagas, the cinema of Ingmar Bergman, the politics of the welfare state, urban planning in Sweden, the dramas of Ibsen and Strindberg, Scandinavian immigrants in the United States, Scandinavian art and architecture. Lectures and discussions. (Marzolf)

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