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German Studies, Cornell University

Cornell University Department of German Studies Cornell Univeristy

Fall 2016

Course Offerings Fall 2016

4 credits.  Intended primarily for graduate students preparing to teach German and undergraduate students interested in deeper understanding of language study and teaching.  Taught in German. Readings are in English and German.           
TBA, G. Lischke
Designed to familiarize students with current thought and theories in the field of applied linguistics and language pedagogy.  Introduces different models of foreign language methodology and presents and discusses various practices for the foreign language classroom.  Special consideration is given to topics such as language acquisition phases, planning syllabi, creating tasks, designing classroom tests, and evaluating students' performance.  Participants conduct an action research project.

4 credits. Discussion in English; texts available in both German and English.         
R 12:20-2:15, A. Schwarz
The seminar will examine how space is represented in literary texts and pursue the question whether literary language can be connected to spatial features that are unique to prose, poetry and other poetic discourses.  We shall review the tradition of literary representations of space by discussing topics such as "the aesthetics of space," "landscape-and garden architecture,' "the sublime," "the relationship between corporeality and external worlds," "space and memory/commemoration," "distinctions between space, place, locale, psychic and physical spaces."  Ranging from antiquity to contemporary literary and theoretical texts the seminar will approach "space" as a phenomenon that changes its shape with changing analytical or poetic approaches while simultaneously changing the shape of the inquiring or representing discourse.  Other guiding questions will be: does literature take on spatial forms?  Is poetic language dependent on spatial orientation?  Does literature create space?  Literature, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis will be the disciplinary spaces under discussion.  Readings include: Aristotle, Plato, Longinus, Kant, Goethe, Hölderlin, Novalis, E. T .A. Hoffmann, Stifter, Nietzsche, Benn, Heidegger, Freud, Rilke, Bernhard, Bachelard, Blanchot.

GERST 6221/4421 TOPIC IN MODERN PHILOSOPHY (also PHIL 4220/6220)
4 credits. Topic: Kierkegaard      
W 2:30-4:25, M. Kosch
Advanced discussion of topics or authors in “modern" Western philosophy (circa the 17th and 18th centuries).

3 credits.  Intended for graduate students with no prior experience in German.         
MWF 9:05-9:55, M. Müller
This course emphasizes the acquisition of reading skills in German, using a variety of prepared and authentic texts.  The follow-up course, GERST 6320, Reading Academic German II, is offered in the spring.

4 credits. 
Anchor course.  Prerequisite: reading knowledge of German and graduate student status or instructor permission.         
R 2:30-4:25, L. Adelson
This seminar/anchor course will focus on German literature during the period of the cold war between 1949 and 1989, with some attention paid to both the immediate aftermath of World War II and the period following the fall of the Berlin Wall. The course will trace major themes, styles, and strategies of representation in German-speaking literature, East and West, in light of contemporaneous events of broad cultural and political significance.  Individual texts will be examined within their specific aesthetic, historical, and geopolitical contexts, and key critical debates will also be considered concerning such topics as narrative, dramatic, and fictional representations of the immediate past; writing, media, and social change; attempts by minority and majority voices to challenge the canon;  the reconstruction of a national cultural identity; gender, postmodernity, and postcolonialism.  Readings will be selected from authors such as W. Borchert, H. Böll, G. Grass, U. Johnson, I. Bachmann, W. Koeppen, A. Andersch, P. Celan, P. Handke, F. Dürrenmatt, W. Hildesheimer, H. Keilson, A. Schmidt, C. Wolf, P. Weiss, H. Müller, V. Braun, C. Hein, I. Morgner, J. Becker, H. Enzensberger, A. Kluge, P. Schneider, B. Strauss, A. Duden, M. Maron, E. Özdamar, Z. Senocak, and U. Widmer.

GERST 6600 VISUAL IDEOLOGY (also ARTH 6060, COML 6600)
4 credits.         
T 2:30-4:25, G. Waite
Some of the most powerful approaches to visual practices have come from outside or from the peripheries of the institution of art history and criticism.  This seminar will analyze the interactions between academically sanctioned disciplines (such as iconography and connoisseurship) and innovations coming from philosophy, psychoanalysis, historiography, sociology, literary theory, mass media criticism, feminism, and Marxism.  We will try especially to develop: (1) a general theory of "visual ideology" (the gender, social, racial, and class determinations on the production, consumption, and appropriation of visual artifacts under modern and postmodern conditions); and (2) contemporary theoretical practices that articulate these determinations.  Examples will be drawn from the history of oil painting, architecture, city planning, photography, film and other mass media.

1-4 credits.  Permission of instructor required. 
Enrollment limited to graduate students.         
Hours to be arranged. 
Graduate student and faculty advisor to determine course of study and credit hours.

GERST 7531 COLLOQUIUM 1-4 credits.         
F 3:00-5:00, L. Adelson
Bi-weekly workshop series on a range of interdisciplinary topics sponsored by the Institute for German Cultural Studies that include invited speakers to present and discuss their work-in-progress from outside and from within the University.