Graduate Courses

Spring 2019

GER1000H S German Studies Seminar: Culture, Theory, Text
Time: Thu 2-4, Room: OH323
Instructors: Team taught, Coordinator: Angelica Fenner
This team-taught course covers some of the seminal debates in theory relevant to advanced students of German. Students are introduced to key theory texts. They are confronted with processes of problem-formation in theoretical writing; they have the opportunity to weigh different kinds of theory debates against one another; they familiarize themselves with the components and structure of theoretical argument. Please consult syllabus here.

GER1051Y  Yiddish for German Speakers
Time: Mon, Wed, Fri 2-3, Room: OH323
Instructor: Alexandra Hoffman

The course is designed as an intensive Yiddish language training. The goal is to teach German speakers to read, write and speak in Yiddish. The curriculum relies on the German language skills of the students, and focuses on differences between Yiddish and German grammar and vocabulary. Upon the completion of the course, students should be able to read Yiddish literary texts with a minimal use of dictionary.
Note: Graduate students can take the course in preparation for their Yiddish competency test.

GER 1880H S Gottfried Keller: Poetic Realism in a Minor Key
Time: Thu 12-2, Room: OH323
Instructor: Willi Goetschel

This course addresses a glaring absence in the Department’s course offering of a dedicated 19th century literature course and one of the central aspects of German 19th century literary programs, poetic realism. The course examines the particular styles and forms of poetic realism in Gottfried Keller’s writing. Keller is one of the most subtle authors of poetic realism. Questions to be examined will be Keller’s literary politics to voice difference, dissent, and critique. Targets of Keller’s critical engagement are the emerging Zurich bourgeoisie, colonial fantasies and the problematic way the traces of colonialism shape Swiss society, but also literary canons and canonicity amid the marginalization of German language texts by Swiss writers in the face of German nationalism.

GER6000H S Reading German for Graduate Students
Time: Tue 2-4, Room: TF203
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. Please consult syllabus here.