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Winter 2014 Course Offerings

Courses in German Literature & Civilization (Conducted in English)

 

GERMN 241.00: German Fairy Tales  (3 hours, 3 credits)
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
W01 M, TU, W, & TH 9:00 - 12:08pm 33197 Titze 611 W
W02 M, TU, W, & TH 1:00 - 4:08pm 33198 Titze 611 W
W03 M, TU, W, & TH 1:00 - 4:08pm 33199 Strohmeier 509B W
W04 M, TU, W, & TH 5:00 - 8:08pm 33207 Strohmeier 509B W
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GERMN 373.00: German-Jewish Love Stories in Literature & Film (3 hours, 3 credits)
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
 W01 M, TU, W, & TH 9:00 - 12:08pm  33211
Zimmerman 509B W
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Course Descriptions

GERMN 241 German Fairy Tales  3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq or co-req:  Engl 120, GER 2/C   PD/D

Fairy tales are known all over the world.  The most famous European book of fairy tales is the one collected by the Brothers Grimm.  These stories have entered our collective unconscious but are not easily explained.  We shall look at various attempts at explaining what fairy tales are all about, look at older stories that served as models for the Brothers Grimm and study modern versions of the tales down to a Walt Disney movie and “politically correct fairy tales.” Students will read fairy tales, tell one that they know, a mid-term and final examination.  All readings, discussions and written work will be in English.                       

Exam format: written midterm and final exams

Textbooks: Jack Zipes, The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, ISBN 978-0553382167
                   Joanna Cole, The Best-Loved Folktales of the World,
ISBN 978-0318796482

 

GERMN 373.00  German Jewish Love Stories in Literature and Film 3hrs 3crs.

Prereq or co-req:  Engl 120, GER 2/C   PD/D

In what ways does the Holocaust still negatively affect relations between Germans and Jews? Can love "conquer", even the Holocaust past, to unite members of formally opposed groups? In this class, we will read contemporary German literature and watch German films (in English) that exploded the taboo on German-Jewish love and in doing so, explore and (re)imagine German-Jewish relationships during and after the Holocaust. All readings, discussions and written work will be conducted in English.

Texts: Barbara Honigmann, A Love Made Out of Nothing; ISBN 1-56792-187-6

Exams: midterm and final examinations

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