GERST 2700

GERST 2700

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

Big names, Big ideas, and Big events are associated with German culture and thought: Luther, Faust, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Mozart, Beethoven, Kant, Hegel, Goethe, Einstein, Kafka and Thomas Mann; Enlightenment; World Wars and Reunification; European Union, and Migration and Refugees:  In this course, we shall cover the broad spectrum of both the long tradition of German culture and thought, and examine the wide range of political, literary, sociological, and artistic topics, themes, and questions that are of urgent contemporary concern for Germany, Europe, and beyond. Guest lecturers will introduce you to the wide and exciting field of German Studies. Topics include: the age of enlightenment; literatures of migration and minorities; avant-garde art; philosophy, aesthetics, and critical theory; Weimar and War; Holocaust and its Aftermath; film and media; genres of literature: novel, novella, short story, lyric poetry, anecdote, autobiography; literature and politics; literature and the environment; digital humanities and literatures/fictions of cyber space. In addition, this course will introduce you to the techniques of critical analysis and writing. Authors include among many others: Goethe, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Adorno, Freud, Kafka, Kluge, Marx, Thomas Mann, Rilke, Goetz.  

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: first-semester freshmen. All interested students are invited to apply online or in writing to the instructor, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall. Upon availability, sophomores will be welcome to apply.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS, ALC-AS)

Comments Readings and discussions in English.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6390 GERST 2700   SEM 101

    • TR Uris Hall 498
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Schwarz, A

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to 18 1st-semester-freshmen. Readings and discussion in English. Students must apply in writing to instructor; Department of German Studies; 183 Goldwin Smith Hall. Upon availability, students of other levels will be welcome to apply.