Spring 2016

 

Spring 2016

GER G332 Nuns and «Man Eaters»

The course focuses on objects displayed in the Spring exhibition, «The Performative Book. Agent of Creativity from Medieval Europe to the Americas» (The Lilly Library, January 14 - May 14, 2015, curated by Cherry Williams, Rosemarie McGerr und Hildegard Elisabeth Keller). Students will pursue research questions in groups and will also produce their own project. The language of instruction is German. Students from both G332 and G517 presented their creations in the "Summit Conference of Researchers" at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. The audiovisual installation by Kale Wilk illustrates this nicely.

GER G571 The Performative Book

The course focuses on objects displayed in the Spring exhibition, «The Performative Book. Agent of Creativity from Medieval Europe to the Americas» (The Lilly Library, January 14 - May 14, 2015, curated by Cherry Williams, Rosemarie McGerr und Hildegard Elisabeth Keller). Students will pursue research questions in groups and will also produce their own project. The language of instruction is German. Students from both G332 and G517 will present their creations in the "Summit Conference of Researchers" at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Fall 2015

GER G424 Radioplays

Audio theater or audio plays developed in competition with theater and film, originally developed for dissemination over the radio. On October 30, 1938, the original broadcast of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds (dramatized as a radio play by Orson Wells) caused an uproar in New York. The fictive report recounted a supposed attack from Mars, which led many citizens to grab their phones in panic.
Before WWII, Germany experienced a boom in audio plays. We will read, listen and discuss works by Ödon von Horvath, Günter Eich, Ingeborg Bachmann, Ernst Jandl and Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Students will also experiment with the genre. For this reason, students in the music and theater programs are welcome, as are those in the Media School. The language of instruction and production will be German.

GER E121 German Culture

The term culture refers to the particular ways of life and modes of expressions characteristic of individual people or of social, ethnic, political or religious groups. Is there something like a German culture? If yes, is it tantamount to culture in Germany? And what about the other lands where German is spoken (or was spoken up until relatively recently)? Which are they, and do they have a different culture than the so-called mainlands of German culture?
This course has a strong collaborative component and allows for creative participation by students.

Spring 2015

GER G404 GLAUSER -Detective Novel - Film - Biopic - Graphic Novel

The course makes students acquainted with one of the greatest Swiss storytellers of the early 20th century: Friedrich Glauser (1896-1938). The focus will be on his whodunits and detective fiction, on early filmic adaptations of their stories, on more recent biographical films and on graphic novels based on Glauser's works by the Swiss illustrator Hannes Binder. The course approaches Glauser‘s life and work, focusing on some shorter pieces of his autobiographical prose, and mainly on his detective novels "Wachtmeister Studer" and "Matto regiert". With "Sergeant Studer" he shapes his own detective figure, a tough guy with a deeply human core. The language of instruction will be German.

Ger G571 Erec and Nibelungenlied

The anonymous Nibelungenlied was written ca. 800 years ago in the south-eastern German, upper Austrian region. It brings together various narrative materials her German heroic epic and courtly romance, of which that of the Nibelungen is the most famous. Hartmann's novel Erec is the first novel in German. The close reading of both texts invites you to get to know the first period of secular storytelling in Middle High German, roughly 1170-1220.
Marriage and the courtly life of noble couples are core topics of both works. The first part of the Nibelungenlied relates the story of the young Siegfried, who fights for the treasure of the Nibelungen and who, by virtue of having bathed in the blood of a dragon, is virtually invulnerable. He woos the beautiful princess Kriemhild and for a long time lives among her brothers, the kings of Burgundy. His murder by their heir, Hagen, prompts Kriemhild's terrible revenge and thus the demise of the Burgundians along with it, which is narrated in the second half of the epic.
This course introduces you to the beginnings of Middle High German courtly novel and heroic epic and their reception. The history of the Nibelungenlied's reception is closely tied to that of German Nationalism, in that it ostensibly promotes such „German" virtues as honor, dependability and fidelity. The Nibelungenlied, its transmission in manuscripts and in print, its impact on opera, theater and film offer far more than the glorification of the „German super-man" of the sort Siegfried has long held to be. This class is taught in German.