Fall 2011

Lower Division Courses

German 1. Elementary German (5 units)

STAFF (sec. 1, M-F 08:00 - 08:50, 167 Olson) CRN 66220
STAFF (sec. 2, M-F 09:00 - 09:50, 125 Olson) CRN 66221 
STAFF (sec. 3, M-F 10:00 - 10:50, 125 Olson) CRN 66222

This is an introduction to German grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with special emphasis on communication.

Course Placement: Students who have successfully completed, with a C- or better, German 2 or 3 in the 10th or higher grade in high school may receive unit credit for this course on a P/NP grading basis only. Although a passing grade will be charged to the student's P/NP option, no petition is required. All other students will receive a letter grade unless a P/NP petition is filed. For more information, please contact the instructor or the German staff adviser directly.

 

Course Format: Discussion - 5 hours; Laboratory - 1 hour.

Texts:

  • Thomas A. Lovik, Vorsprung, 2nd edition (Textbook)
  • Thomas A. Lovik, Student Activities Manual - Used with Vorsprung (Workbook)

German 2. Elementary German (5 Units)

STAFF (sec. 1, M-F 09:00 - 09:50, 101 Wellman) CRN 66223

This is the continuation of German 2 in areas of grammar and the basic language skills, and the last course in the Elementary German series.

Prerequisite: German 1.

Course Format: Discussion - 5 hours; Laboratory - 1 hour.

Texts:

  • Thomas A. Lovik, Vorsprung, 2nd edition (Textbook)
  • Thomas A. Lovik, Student Activities Manual - Used with Vorsprung (Workbook)

German 20. Intermediate German (4 units)

STAFF (MWF 09:00 - 09:50, 115 Wellman) CRN 66224

STAFF (MWF 10:00 - 10:50, 115 Wellman) CANCELLED

This is the first course of 2nd year German. Students will review grammar, and begin to read and discuss short, literary texts of cultural and historical interest. Class is conducted in German.

Prerequisite: German 3.

Course Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Extensive Writing.

Texts:

  • None

German 21. Intermediate German (4 units)

STAFF (MWF 11:00 - 11:50, 207 Olson) CRN 66226

This is the continuation of German 20. This course is a review of grammatical principles by means of written exercises; expanding of vocabulary through readings of modern texts.

Prerequisite: German 20.

Course Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Extensive Writing.

Texts:

  • Rosemarie Morewedge and Larry Wells (eds.), Mitlesen/Mitteilen
  • Jamie Rankin and Larry Wells (eds.), Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik

Upper Division Courses

German 101A. Survey of German Literature, 800-1800 (4 Units)

STAFF (MWF 10:00 - 10:50, 7 Wellman) CRN 66249

This course, which is required of German Majors in Literature and in Area Studies, and recommended for those in Culture and Commerce, surveys the first millennium of German Literature from the Middle Ages to German Classicism. The rich tapestry of German literary history in an international social and cultural context will be illustrated by readings representative of the several periods and styles under discussion. GE Credit: ArtHum.

Prerequisite: German 22.

Course Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Text:

  • A Course Reader

German 103. Writing Skills in German (4 Units)

STAFF (TR 12:10 - 01:30, 244 Olson) CRN 66250

The course will focus in the practice of different kinds of writing, such as abstracts, correspondence, lecture summaries, analysis of or response to short literary texts.

Prerequisite: German 22.

Course Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Text:

  • A Course Reader

German 112. Topics in German Literature: "Fairy Tales" (4 Units)

Prof. Elisabeth Krimmer, emkrimmer@ucdavis.edu (TR 01:40 - 03:00, 101 Olson) CRN 83565

(Topics vary each time this course is offered. This fall, the topic will be on fairy tales.)

The course introduces students to the life and works of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen and situates both in their respective cultural and political contexts. It then traces the many transformation of classic fairy tales in U.S. popular culture, in particular Disney adaptations, but also fairy tales films produced in the former East Germany and adapted to a Cold War context as well as Hollywood feature films such Pretty Woman and Enchanted. Throughout we will pay particular attention to the construction of race, gender, sexuality, and power in these tales. Students will also get to know different theories of and approaches to folk tales and fairy tales, including historical and psychoanalytic analysis. The fairy tales to be discussed include Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Little Mermaid. Taught in English. Major Credit.

Note: This course will be taught in English. Majors can count this as an elective course.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Knowledge of German is NOT required.

Text:

  • A Course Reader

German 133. The German Drama

Prof. Elisabeth Krimmer (TR 10:30 - 11:50, 117 Olson) CANCELLED

This course has been cancelled.

 

 

Graduate Courses

German 241. Topic: "The Anti-Aristotelian (Counter) Tradition in German Drama" (4 Units)

Prof. Gail Finney, gefinney@ucdavis.edu (W 02:10 - 05:00, 412B Sproul) CRN 83917

ANNOUNCING A TWO-TRACK GRADUATE SEMINAR. CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH; READINGS IN EITHER GERMAN OR ENGLISH.

Studies the counter-tradition in German theater that opposes the classical drama of Goethe, Schiller, Grillparzer, and others who adhere to the conventions established by Aristotle’s Poetics. Topics such as the following will be explored: the attractions and limitations of Aristotelian theory; romantic irony in the theater; the proletarian protagonist; politics and drama; the grotesque on stage; the doctrine of epic theater and its sexualization; the dramatic parable; women as playwrights; socialist feminism and theater.

Primary texts studied will include plays by the following:

  • Jakob M.R. Lenz
  • Ludwig Tieck
  • Georg Büchner
  • Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Frank Wedekind
  • Marieluise Fleisser
  • Bertolt Brecht
  • Max Frisch
  • Elfriede Jelinek

Plays will be illuminated by theoretical and critical writings (in English) by such thinkers as Jacques Lacan, Sue-Ellen Case, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Janelle Reinelt, Susan Cocalis, Elin Diamond, Katrin Sieg, Judith Butler, and others.

Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

Texts:

Books in German

  • Bertolt Brecht, Die Dreigroschenoper (Suhrkamp)
  • Georg Büchner, Woyzeck. Studienausgabe (Reclam)
  • Marieluise Fleisser, Ingolstädter Stücke (Suhrkamp)
  • Max Frisch, Andorra: Stück in zwölf Bildern (Suhrkamp)
  • Gerhart Hauptmann, Vor Sonnenaufgang (Ullstein)
  • Elfriede Jelinek, Theaterstücke (Rowohlt)
  • J.M.R. Lenz, Der Hofmeister (Reclam)
  • Ludwig Tieck, Der gestiefelter Kater (Reclam)
  • Frank Wedekind, Lulu: Erdgeist. Die Büchse der Pandora (Reclam)

Books in English

  • S. H. Butcher (trans.), Aristotle’s Poetics (Hill and Wang)
  • Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera (Penguin)
  • Georg Büchner, Woyzeck, Ivan R. Dee (Publisher)
  • Max Frisch, Andorra (Methuen)
  • J.M.R. Lenz, The Three Plays (Oberon Books)
  • Frank Wedekind, Wedekind Plays: One (Methuen)

German 295: Poetic Realism in German Literature (4 Units)

STAFF (T 02:10 - 05:00, 412B Sproul) CANCELLED

This course has been cancelled.

 

Other Courses Taught by German Faculty

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