Advanced German: German Literature and Film, 1900-1945

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Advanced—Spring

In this course, we will explore the major developments of German literature and culture from the end of the 19th century to the present. In the fall semester, we will analyze literary texts from the pre-World War I era by writers such as Hauptmann, Thomas Mann, Döblin, Kafka, and Schnitzler and discuss literary movements such as Naturalism and Expressionism. Another major focus of this course will lie on the literary, cinematic, and artistic expressions of the so-called “Golden Twenties” during the Weimar Republic (1918-1933). Brecht’s Three Penny Opera and excerpts from novels such as Feuchtwanger’s Geschwister Oppermann and films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, and Der blaue Engel will help us understand this fascinating period that ended with Hitler’s rise to power. By means of a Nazi propaganda film, Jud Süss, we will explore the paranoid anti-Semitism of the National Socialists. This course consists of three equally important components: Students will have one seminar with Mr. Dollinger, who will discuss the class materials with students in German; one seminar with Ms. Mizelle, who will work with students collectively on various grammar and vocabulary issues; and one biweekly individual conference with Mr. Dollinger. This seminar is conducted entirely in German. Students must demonstrate advanced language skills during registration in order to be permitted into this class.