Courses in Translation - Literature and Culture (LC)

The following courses are taught by German Studies faculty in translation. These courses are ideal for the following students:

  • Those interested in an introduction to the literature and culture of German-speaking countries
  • Those interested in fulfilling a general education requirement
  • Although these courses do not count towards the German major or minor, such students often take these courses to expand their knowledge of German-speaking countries.
  • Students in Women's Studies, Western European Studies and/or Russian and Eastern European Studies

LC 110 Playing Revolution (LT)
Readings and lectures in English. Plays focusing on political rebellion or a revolution in ideas will be discussed in terms of historical background, film versions, and contrasting genres (poetic drama, classical drama, epic drama, documentary drama). Includes but is not limited to Goethe's Faust, Schiller's William Tell, and plays by Bertolt Brecht. Offered in alternate years. Students must take Ger 387 instead, if majoring or minoring in German Studies.

LC 112 German Romanticism (IT)
Readings and lectures in English. The course explores German Romanticism in literature, philosophy, and music. One Wagner opera; and the influence of Romanticism on German nationalism, Nietzsche, and Thomas Mann will also be discussed. Readings include Schlegel, Fichte, Heine, Kleist, women in Romanticism, E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Robert Schumann. Offered in alternate years. Students must take Ger 340 instead, if majoring or minoring in German Studies.

LC 116 German Postwar Cinema (AR, G)
This comparative course focuses on the different cinematic traditions that emerged in East and West Germany. It addresses the interaction between socio-historical context and the creative process as seen through film structure, style and content. The course includes discussions of propaganda, avante garde, feature and popular cinema and films by Beyer, Dorrie, Fassbinder, Sanders Brahms, Staudte and Wolf. All lectures, materials and discussions are in English. Offered occasionally in alternate years.

LC 173 Tales of Mystery, Horror, and Humor (LT)
Critical readings of tales from the fantastic and mysteriously haunting to the historical or realistic. Famous French, German and Russian stories will be studied in historical and literary context. All texts are in English. Featured authors include Kafka, Kleist, Gogol, Chekhov, Balzac, and Maupassant. Offered in alternate years.

LC 272 From Utopia to Science Fiction: Imagining the Future in Russia and Germany (IT, G)
This course traces the development of utopian thought in the 19th and 20th centuries as it manifested itself in Russia and in Germany. Special attention will be given to the dialogue between utopia, dystopia, anti-utopia, and science fiction in Russian and German fiction, political texts, film, art and music. Special focus will be placed on the utopian ideal in communism and on its future in the context of post-communist culture. All lectures, readings, and discussions are in English. Offered each spring.

LC 274 The Superwoman of Central European Fiction and Film (CHC, G)

This course examines the role of women in Central Europe, including Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia through literature and film.  It focuses on the process of identity formation of women and their struggle to come to terms with the failed promises of emancipation made by respective communist revolutions. In the process, it assesses the historical and cultural conditions of creating the New Socialist Personality, the communist ideal “superperson.” The course also contains a comparative element with select authors from the former “West” and the experiences of women after the fall of the Iron Curtain. All course work is in English. Offered occasionally.

 

Professor Gordon Horowitz in the History Department and Professor Kathleen Montgomery in Political Science also offer courses which cover Germany, Austria and Switzerland.