Winter 2013

German 2. Elementary German (5 Units)

Konrad Mathesius (sec. 1, M-F 08:00 - 08:50, 267 Olson) CRN 56289
Cameron Mortimer (sec. 2, M-F 09:00 - 09:50, 267 Olson) CRN 56290
Lauren Nossett (sec. 3, M-F 10:00 - 10:50, 141 Olson) CRN 56291

Course Description: This is a continuation of German 1 in areas of grammar and the basic language skills.

Prerequisite: German 1.

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

GE credit (Old): None.
GE credit (New): ArtHum and World Cultures.

Texts:

  • Thomas A. Lovik, Vorsprung, 2nd edition [Textbook] (Cengage, 2012)
  • Thomas A. Lovik, Student Activities Manual - Used with Vorsprung [Workbook] (Cengage, 2012)

 


German 3. Elementary German (5 Units)

Karina Deifel (M-F 9:00 - 9:50, 151 Olson) CRN 56292

Course Description: This is a continuation of German 2 in areas of grammar and the basic language skills and the last course in the elementary language sequence.

Prerequisite: German 2.

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

GE credit (Old): None.
GE credit (New): ArtHum and World Cultures.

Texts:

  • Thomas A. Lovik, Vorsprung, 2nd edition [Textbook] (Cengage, 2012)
  • Thomas A. Lovik, Student Activities Manual - Used with Vorsprung [Workbook] (Cengage, 2012)

 


German 21. Intermediate German (4 units)

Jesse Goplen (MWF 09:00 - 09:50, 105 Wellman) CRN 56293

Course Description: 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.

GE credit (Old): None.
GE credit (New): ArtHum and World Cultures.

Texts: 

  • Megan McKinstry and Tobias Barske, Denk Mal! w/ Supersite Access (Vista Higher Learning, 2012)

 


German 22. Intermediate German (4 units)

Brandon Winter  (MWF 11:00 - 11:50, 211 Wellman Hall) CRN 56294

Course Description: This is the continuation of German 21 and wraps up the Intermediate German sequence. This course is a review of grammatical principles by means of written exercises; expanding of vocabulary through readings of modern texts.

Prerequisite: German 21.

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

GE credit (Old): None.
GE credit (New): ArtHum and World Cultures.

Text: 

  • Otfried Preussler, Krabat (Thienemann Verlag)

 


German 45. Vampires (4 units)

Jaimey Fisher, Associate Professor

Lecture: MW 2:10 - 3:00, 194 Young
Film Viewing: M 7:10 - 10:00 pm, 26 Wellman

Discussion sections:

A01 (R 04:10-05:00, 192 Young)  CRN 73440
A02 (R 05:10-06:00, 1128 Hart)  CRN 73441
A03 (F 10:00-10:50, 163 Oson)  CRN 73442
A04 (F 11:00-11:50, 1120 Hart)  CRN 73443

Course Description:  History of representations of vampires and horror generally from the 19th through 21st centuries. Emphasis on transnational history of the horror genre; psychologies of horror effects; issues of race, gender, and class; intersections with prejudice, medicine, modernity.

Prerequisite: None.

Course Format: Lecture - 2 hours; Discussion - 1 hour; Film Viewing - 3 hours.

GE credit (Old): ArtHum.
GE credit (New): ACGH, ArtHum, DD, Oral Literacy, Visual Literacy, World Cultures and WrtExp.

Texts: 

  • Bram Stoker, Dracula (W.W. Norton & Company, 1996)

 


Upper Division Courses:
 

German 101B. Survey of German Literature, 1800-Present (4 Units)

Chunjie Zhang, Assistant Professor (MWF 10:00-10:50, 115 Wellman) CRN 56317

Course Description: This course surveys German literature between the year of 1800 and the present by attending to exemplary texts from the major literary moments of these years: the Enlightenment, the Storm and Stress period, the Romantic period, the Young Germany and Vormärz periods, Expressionism and other forms of the Weimar avant-garde, postwar realism, literature of the GDR, non-ethnic-German literature will all be discussed. The course will treat similarities and differences among these movements, and question how legitimate such groupings are in general. Along these lines, the course will discuss how these texts both reflect and resist the norms of the moments to which they (purportedly) belong. The course will also cover scholarly analyses of literary texts, such that students will garner a sense of the recent and current state of scholarly research as it relates to German literature in these years. It will discuss the impact of these movements on the visual arts, including painting and film.

Prerequisite: German 22.

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

GE credit (Old): ArtHum.
GE credit (New): ArtHum.

Texts: 

  • A Course Reader

 


German 131. Lyric Poetry (4 Units)

Gail Finney, Professor (MWF 1:10 - 2:00, 235 Wellman) CRN 73388

Course Description: Lyric poetry is the jewel in the crown of the German literary tradition. This course will treat some of the best-known German lyric poetry from the Middle Ages to the postwar period, including works by Goethe, Schiller, Hölderlin, Heine, Hofmannsthal, Rilke, Brecht, Celan, Bachmann, Benn, Enzensberger, and others. Close readings of the texts will seek both to illuminate the ways in which universal themes are variously treated by different eras and to highlight characteristically German features.

Readings are found in a bilingual (German and English, facing page) anthology.

Conducted in German.

Prerequisite: German 22.

Course Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

GE credit (Old): ArtHum.
GE credit (New): ArtHum, World Cultures and WrtExp.

Texts: 

  • Ed. Gustave Mathieu and Guy Stern, Introduction to German Poetry (Dover Publications, 1991)

 


German 141. The Holocaust (4 units)

Kirsten Harjes, Lecturer (TR 3:10 - 4:30, 141 Olson) CRN 73390

Description of course: Knowledge of German not required. Aesthetic representation and metaphorical transformation of the Holocaust in its human and historical perspectives.

Prerequisite: None. 

Course Format: Lecture - 2 hours; Discussion - 1 hour; Term Paper.

GE credit (Old): ArtHum and Wrt.
GE credit (New): ArtHum, World Cultures and WrtExp.

Texts: 

  • Jurek Becker, Bronstein's Children, translated by Leila Vennewitz (University of Chicago Press, 1999)
  • W.G. Sebald, The Emigrants, translated by Michael Hulse (New Directions, 1997)
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer, Enemies, A Love Story (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1988)
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus I: A Survivor's Tale (Pantheon, 1986)
  • Cynthia Ozick, Shawl (Vintage, 1990)
  • Will Eisner, The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (W.W. Norton and Company, 2006)
  • Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, translated by Barbara Vedder and Michael Kandel (Penguin Classics, 1992)

     

Graduate Courses:
 

German 297. War, Migration, Gender (4 Units)

Elisabeth Krimmer, Associate Professor (T 1:10 - 04:00, 412B Sproul) CRN 73390

Course Description: This course offers a comprehensive analysis of how women experienced World War II 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 woman’s experience of violence in war differs from that of the soldier in the battlefield, the suffering of the refugee, the rape victim, or the concentration camp inmate they are often dissociated from the “actual” violence of war. Focusing on women’s experiences also helps us to come to a more complex understanding of the categories of victim and perpetrator, which are often conceived as mutually exclusive. By looking to stories of women, which cannot be easily assigned to either one category, the categories of victim and perpetrator can be reconceptualized as complex and interwoven. Authors to be discussed include Ruth Klüger, Christa Wolf, Elfriede Jelinek, and Julia Franck. We will also read excerpts of memoirs by army nurses and Wehrmachtshelferinnen and analyze films such as Triumph des Willens, Deutschland, bleiche Mutter, Die Ehe der Maria Braun.

Prerequisite: Graduate student standing or consent of instructor.

Course Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Texts: 

  • Christa Wolf, Kindheitsmuster Roman (DTV, 1994)
  • Ruth Klueger, Weiter Leben (Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1994)

 


Other Courses Taught by German Faculty

Gail Finney, COM 135, Women Writers (CRN 73686)

Elisabeth Krimmer, HUM 013, Witches (CRN 73882)