Graduate Courses

Spring 2020

GER1200H S Introduction to Medieval Studies
Time: Wed 3-5, Room: TF203
Instructor: Nicola Vohringer
This course offers an introduction to the German language, literature, and culture of the Middle Ages. We will read and translate Middle High German texts, study facsimiles of medieval manuscripts, and inquire into epochal cultural concepts like courtly love and chivalry as well as courtly and clerical designs of identity. Authors discussed will include Hartmann von Aue and Walther von der Vogelweide among others. The course fulfills the departmental requirement in Middle High German.

GER1540H S Literature and Science
Time: Mon 12-2, Room: OH323
Instructor: Christine Lehleiter

In recent decades, much work has been undertaken in disciplines such as the history of science and literary studies with the goal to develop a clearer picture of the relationship between science and literature and of its historical development. We will study this work with a particular focus on literature and science around 1800. Among the authors that we will discuss are Moritz, Goethe, Humboldt, Novalis, and Dilthey.

GER1722H S Kafka
Time: Tue 2-4, Room: OH323
Instructor: John Zilcosky

This course examines the oeuvre of Franz Kafka, as it developed in a remarkably short period: from his 1912 “breakthrough” with “The Judgment,” to his middle years and The Trial, to the 1916-17 burst of writing around “A Country Doctor,” to The Castle and Kafka’s final stories before his death in 1924. Alongside these primary texts, we will consider some classic readings of Kafka by critics such as Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Elias Canetti, Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze / Félix Guattari.

GER6000H S Reading German for Graduate Students
Time: Fri 3-5, Room: CR106
Instructor: Viktoriya Melnykevych

In this course German reading knowledge is taught following the grammar-translation method designed for graduate students from the Humanities. It is an intensive course that covers German grammar with focus on acquiring essential structures of the German language to develop translation skills. The course is conducted in English, and consequently participants do not learn how to speak or write in German, but rather the course focuses exclusively on reading and translating German. Prior knowledge of German not mandatory. By the end of the course, students should be able to handle a broad variety of texts in single modern Standard German. This course is not intended for MA or PhD students in German.