Spring 2015

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German 001. Elementary German (5 units)
Giovanna Montenegro

M-F 8:00-8:50A
101 Olson Hall
CRN 36078

Course Description: 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 advisor directly.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

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


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German 003. Elementary German (5 units)

Section Instructor Day/Time Room CRN
 01  Brandon Winter  M-F 8:00-8:50A  151 Olson Hall  36079
 02  Amila Becirbegovic  M-F 9:00-9:50A  151 Olson Hall  36080
 03  Cameron Mortimer  M-F 10:00-10:50A  27 Wellman Hall  36081

Course Description: Completion of grammar sequence and continuing practice of all language skills through cultural texts.

Course Placement: German 002.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

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


Option 1:

  • Thomas Lovik, Douglas Guy and Monika Chavez, Vorsprung [3rd Edition] (Heinle Cengage Learning, 2013)
  • Quia Access Code for all of the homework and lab assignments (course code provided by instructor)

Option 2:

  • eBook version of Vorsprung [3rd Edition] (order ISBN10:1-133-60735-7 at http://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/isbn/9781133607359; it should cost about $117). If you are considering the eBook, you must be sure that you can bring your iPad/laptop to class every day.
  • Quia Access Code for all of the homework and lab assignments (course code provided by instructor)

German 020. Intermediate German (4 units)
Kirsten Harjes

MWF 10:00 - 10:50A
129 Wellman Hall
CRN 36082

Course Description: 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 003.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

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


  • Tobias Barske, et al., Denk Mal! Deutsch ohne Grenzen - with SuperSite Access  (Vista Higher Learning, 2012)

German 022. Intermediate German (4 units)
Katja Herges

MWF 11:00 - 11:50A
108 Hoagland Hall
CRN 36083

Course Description: This course is the continuation of German 021 and wraps up the Intermediate German sequence with a review of grammatical principles by means of written exercises and expanding of vocabulary through readings of modern texts.

Prerequisite: German 021.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Skills, World Cultures and Writing Experience.

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


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German 101B. Survey of German Literature, 1800-The Present (4 units)
Kirsten Harjes

MWF 10:00-10:50A
261 Olson
CRN 76262

Course Description: This course surveys German literature between 1800 and the present by analyzing exemplary short fiction and poetry from major literary movements: the Enlightenment, the Storm and Stress period, Romanticism, the Young Germany and Vormärz periods, Realism, Expressionism and other forms of the Weimar avant-garde, postwar realism, and literature of the GDR. The course will place these movements into their cultural historical context and discuss each of the texts' significance then and today. It will also address the impact of these movements on the visual arts and music. Class is conducted in German.

Prerequisite: German 022.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours.


  • Five Great German Short Stories: A Dual-Language Book, edited by Stanley Applebaum  (Dover Publications, 1993)
  • Various, German Short Stories 1: Parallel Text Edition, edited by Richard Newnham  (Penguin Books, 1965)
  • Andrea Geier and Jochen Strobel, Deutsche Lyrik in 30 Beispielen  (Wilhelm Fink/UTB, 2010)

German 142. New German Cinema (4 units)    ENGLISH-LANGUAGE COURSE  No German Required   [Cross-listed with FMS 142]
Kirsten Harjes

TR 12:10-1:30P
2016 Haring Hall
CRN 52609

Course Description: This course provides an introduction into German cinema of the 1970s to the present. Weekly lectures and films will emphasize two periods in particular: “New German Cinema”, a cinematic movement between 1965 and 1982 dominated by a handful of well-known filmmakers and cinematic styles, and German film of the 1990s and early 2000s, in particular the "Berliner Schule". The class will provide a survey with an emphasis on the work of Werner Herzog from his early contribution to "New German Cinema" to his recent work on the documentary genre, on films from the "Berliner Schule" featuring German unification, and on German-Turkish film since the early 2000s. All class materials, assignments, and discussions will be in English.

Prerequisite: None.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities and Writing Experience.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Literacy, Visual Literacy, World Cultures and Writing Experience.

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


  • Eric Ames, Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog  (University of Minnesota Press, 2012)
  • Sabine Hake, Turkish German Cinema in the New Millenium: Sites, Sounds and Screens, edited by Barbara Mennel  (Berghahn Books, 2014)
  • Rajendra Roy and Anke Leweke, The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule  (New York Museum of Modern Art, 2013)

German 168. Multiculturalism in German Literature (4 units)
Karina Deifel

TR 10:30-11:50A
102 Hutchison Hall
CRN 52610

Course Description: Examples of German literature from the High Middle Ages to the present that explore the "encounter with the other" (people of color, different beliefs and cultures, and inner-German minorities).

Prerequisite: German 022.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities and Diversity.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Literacy, Visual Literacy, World Cultures and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper or Discussion - 1 hour.


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German 239. Narrative and Narrative Theory (4 units)
Gail Finney

T 1:10-4:00P
263 Olson Hall
CRN 53492

Course Description: This course is a two-track seminar: Seminar conducted in English, primary texts available in German and English, theoretical texts read in English.

The purpose of this seminar is twofold:

1. To acquaint students with the field of narratology, or the theory and study of narrative, as elaborated by theorists and critics such as Mieke Bal, James Phelan, David Herman, Brian McHale, Dorrit Cohn, Gérard Genette, Wayne Booth, Richard Brinkmann, Franz Stanzel, Eric Downing, Hayden White, Robert Holub, Susana Onega, Patrick O’Neill, Monika Fludernik, Gerald Prince, and Seymour Chatman.

2. To familiarize students with the tools of narrative analysis as well as with major types of narrative and narrative technique, for example, the epistolary novel, the frame narrative, the realist novel, the unreliable narrator, narrated monologue, stream of consciousness, autonomous monologue, literature as case study, the nouveau roman or new novel, and autobiographical fiction, as illustrated through German-language narrative works from the late eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Authors include Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ludwig Tieck, Georg Büchner, Franz Grillparzer, Theodor Storm, Theodor Fontane, Arthur Schnitzler, Peter Handke, and Christa Wolf.


Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


    1. Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werther: Reclam XL - Text und Kontext  (Reclam, 2013)
    2. Georg Büchner, Lenz: Studienausgabe  (Reclam, 2015)
    3. Franz Grillparzer, Der arme Spielmann  (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2013)
    4. Theodor Storm, Der Schimmelreiter: Reclam XL - Text und Kontext  (Reclam, 2014)
    5. Theodor Fontane, Effi Briest  (Insel Verlag, 2011)
    6. Arthur Schnitzler, Lieutenant Gustl: Reclam XL - Text und Kontext  (Reclam, 2013)
    7. Peter Handke, Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter  (Suhrkamp Verlag, 1972)
    8. Christa Wolf, Was bleibt  (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2007)

German 297. Women, War, Migration (4 units)
Elisabeth Krimmer

R 1:10-4:00P
412B Sproul
CRN 36149

Course Description: This course offers 1) the theoretical foundation for a discussion of women, war, and violence; 2) a comprehensive analysis of how women experienced the First World War, Second World War and the Iraq War both as victims of and as participants in warfare.

We often conceive of war as an exclusively masculine affair. And yet, in the twentieth century, the number of civilian victims, that is, women and children, exceeded that of soldiers by a factor of two. Because scholars tend to conflate warfare and frontline fighting, woman’s experiences (the suffering of the refugee, the rape victim, or the concentration camp inmate) are often sidelined and dissociated from the “actual” violence of war. Conversely, until recently, scholars have ignored women’s active contributions to and complicity with warfare and genocide, e.g., as army auxiliaries and as secretaries who helped organize the Holocaust. It is the goal of this course 1) to make women’s experiences in warfare visible; 2) to promote a complex understanding of the categories of victim and perpetrator, which are often conceived as mutually exclusive.

Topics to be discussed include 1) Theories of Violence and War (Hannah Arendt); 2) War and Representation (Kollwitz); 3) War and Propaganda (Leni Riefenstahl); 4) War and Rape (Helma Sanders-Brahms); 5) War and Genocide (Ruth Klüger); 6) War and Refugees (Christa Wolf); 7) War and the Media (Elfriede Jelinek).


Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


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