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Courses of Instruction

German (GERM)
The terms indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.

GERM 020x Course in Reading German (2) For graduate students who wish help in meeting the German reading requirement for the Ph.D. degree. Emphasis on development of reading skills. Not available for degree credit. Graded CR/NC.

GERM 025x Course in Reading German (2) Continuation of 020x. Reading selections appropriate to candidate’s major field. Not available for degree credit. Graded CR/NC.

GERM 101 German I (4) Introduction to modern German. Oral practice, listening and reading comprehension. Basic structures necessary for simple spoken and written expression.

GERM 102 German II (4) Continuation of German I. Introduction to German culture. Prerequisite: GERM 101.

GERM 201 German III, Conversation and Composition (4) Intermediate German. Increasing emphasis on listening and speaking skills and a review of basic structures of German. Discussion of cultural aspects. Prerequisite: GERM 102.

GERM 221 Conversational German IV (4) Conversational German in a variety of topical settings and vocabulary domains. Prerequisite: GERM 201.

GERM 310 Business German I (4, Sp) Introduction to German business language structure including correspondence and oral communication. In German. Prerequisite: GERM 201.

GERM 311 Business German II (4, Fa) Continuation of GERM 310. Terminology and style of commercial and legal texts, analyzed and applied in oral and written work. In German. Prerequisite: GERM 201.

GERM 320 Composition and Conversation on Contemporary Affairs (4) Practice in oral and written German, emphasizing contemporary cultural and social developments in the German-speaking countries of Europe. In German. Prerequisite: GERM 221.

GERM 325 Composition and Conversation in Cultural History (4) Practice in oral and written German, emphasizing the cultural history of the German-speaking countries of Europe. In German. Prerequisite: GERM 221.

GERM 330 Introduction to Literary Studies (4) Review of essential literary terms, concepts, and critical methods through analysis and discussion of selected primary and secondary works. In German.

GERM 335 Applied German Drama (4, max 8) Works of a German playwright in their social and cultural context, leading to a dramatization of one of the works. In German.

GERM 340 German Prose Fiction from Goethe to Thomas Mann (4) Examines German prose fiction from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on how narrative texts are constructed. In English.

GERM 346 German Folklore and Popular Culture (4) Survey and analysis of folklore and cultural phenomena, including tales, legends, and myths; folk and popular music; beliefs and customs. In English.

GERM 351 Colloquium on Drama (4) German drama from the 18th century, with emphasis on modernism (since Büchner) and the 20th century avant garde styles: Expressionist, Epic, Grotesque, Documentary, and Sprechtheater. In German.

GERM 352 Colloquium on Poetry (4) Definition and analysis of lyric genre through a study of major poets, such as Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Rilke, and Hofmannsthal; poetic traditions from the 17th century to the present. In German.

GERM 353 Colloquium on Prose (4) Study of German prose from the 18th century to the present; emphasis on narrative and thematic perspectives in relation to social change and on modernism since Kafka. In German.

GERM 360 20th Century German Prose: Texts and Films (4) Aesthetic and historical analysis of major German 20th century novels, complemented by brief study of cinematic adaptation of each text. Texts in English; films with subtitles.

GERM 370 Literature and Culture in Vienna at the Turn of the Century (4) Literature, culture, and society in Vienna 1890-1925; works by figures such as Schnitzler, Hofmannsthal, Kafka, Musil, Kraus, Schönberg, Kokoschka, Freud, Wittgenstein, and others. In English.

GERM 372 Literature and Culture in Berlin of the 1920s (4) Literature, culture, and society through works by figures such as Kaiser, Toller, Brecht/Weill, Piscator, Th. Mann, Doeblin, Lukacs, Heidegger, etc. Films: Caligari, Metropolis, Berlin, M, Blue Angel. In English.

GERM 390 Special Problems (1-4) Supervised, individual studies. No more than one registration permitted. Enrollment by petition only.

GERM 410 Profile of German Literature I (4) Survey of major trends in German literature within their historical and cultural contexts from the beginnings to the Baroque period. In German.

GERM 420 Profile of German Literature II (4) Survey of major trends, figures, and authors in German literature and culture of the 18th and 19th centuries within the European context. In German.

GERM 430 Age of Goethe (4) Background and significance of the period; lyrics, major dramatic and prose works from 1770-1832; Storm and Stress; Classicism; Goethe and Schiller. In German.

GERM 440 Women’s Literature in Germany I (4) Reading and analysis of medieval texts from German-speaking countries, written by and about women: science, love, poetry, letters, drama, mysticism, romance. Conducted in German.

GERM 445 Europe and the Writing of Others (4) (Enroll in COLT 445)

GERM 460 Expressionism to the Present (4) Representative authors and works since 1910; World War I, Expressionism, New Objectivity, World War II; literature after 1945: East and West, Swiss and Austrian.

GERM 465 Germany East and West (4) Study of the ideological, economic, social, and cultural differences between East and West Germany between 1945 and 1990 and their impact on today’s unified Germany. In English.

GERM 466 The German Speaking Nations (4) Focus on the culture, history, and society of Austria, East and West Germany, and Switzerland. In German.

GERM 470 Advanced Composition and Stylistics (4) Development of competence in written expression; fundamentals of style in expository writing. In German.

GERM 490x Directed Research (2-8, max 8) Individual research and readings. Not available for graduate credit.

GERM 499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8) Intensive study of selected topics or regions.

GERM 508 Bibliography and Research Techniques (4) Bibliographic sources, reference works and periodicals, standard bibliographic formats; research methods and the writing of genres, stylistics, and textual interpretation.

GERM 510 Methods of Literary Criticism and Linguistic Analysis (4) Historical perspective on critical methods such as genre poetics, hermeneutics, Marxist and Freudian theories, structuralism, reception-aesthetics, literary semantics, pragmatics, and text linguistics.

GERM 581 Weimar Culture (4) A historical topic-oriented exploration of cultural activities in Weimar Germany. Examination of reflections of the social-political experience of the period in literary (essay, cultural critique, investigative reporting) and pictorial (painting, sculpture, photography, film) discourse.

GERM 590 Directed Research (1-12) Research leading to the master’s degree. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.

GERM 595ab Directed Readings (2-4, 2-4)

GERM 599 Special Topics (2-4, max 8) Special topics such as concepts of government, roots of fascism, and ideologies of Hegel, Marx, Wagner, Nietzsche in German literature.

GERM 637 Seminar in Brecht (4)

GERM 790 Research (1-12) Research leading to the doctorate. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.

GERM 794abcdz Doctoral Dissertation (2-2-2-2-0) Credit on acceptance of dissertation. Graded IP/CR/NC.