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GE, Honors, and major/minor courses in Germanic Languages and Literatures Autumn 2014

Need to talk to an advisor? Students can make appointments to meet with Dr. Spencer by calling 292-6961 or visiting 355 Hagerty Hall. Honors students, please contact Prof. Grotans at grotans.1 Students interested in Scandinavian & Swedish courses, please contact Prof. Kaplan at kaplan.103 Students interested in Yiddish courses, please contact Prof. Miller at miller.3

German 2252H

Autumn 2014

The Faust Theme

3 cr units

T / Th 11:10-12:30 Prof. Hammermeister

GE Lit course - taught in English

Faust, the man who sells his soul to the devil, is one of the few mythical figures created by the modern age. His story has, for hundreds of years, been told and retold in poems, dramas, puppet plays, ballets, novels, paintings, symphonies, book illustrations, operas, and films.

Faust’s infinite attraction for the arts stems from the very idea he embodies, namely that of struggle. But the forces that are seen at war with each other change with every century, author, and composer. Faith and heresy, hope and nihilism, sensuality and asceticism, love and lust, art and politics -- all of these battle for redemption or damnation in different versions of Faust. This course on the Faust theme will thus shed light on the different ages and mentalities that are expressed in each version. From a close study of transformation of the Faust theme, we will ultimately derive an outline of the cultural history of Germany. This class approaches the Faust theme from a variety of different angles. We will consider Elizabethan drama (Marlowe), and we will also study the Faust theme in the Arts like painting (Delacroix), etching (Rembrandt), symphonic and operatic music (Liszt, Berlioz, Gounod), as well as film (Murnau). The main focus of the course, however, will be two outstanding works of German literature: Goethe's Faust and Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus. GE Lit course

GE Lit course

Autumn 2014

German 2350: Introduction to German Studies Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:45-2:05

This course provides a broad introduction to German history and culture and to the field of German Studies. Taught in English, it is an ideal course for students considering a major or minor in German, or for those with a general interest in German-language history and culture.

The course will have four components • lectures on history (social, cultural, political, and linguistic) • lectures on contemporary German-language society and culture • discussion about works of literature, film, philosophy, art, music, etc. • introductions to methods for studying language and culture

In the end, students will have a broad overview of German-language history and culture and a catalog of tools for analyzing everything from medieval sagas to television shows, from political speeches to the words they use.

Questions? Contact Prof. Katra Byram at

German 3200 • Around the Bauhaus - Topics in German Literature, Art and Film Hammermeister | 3 credit units | Autumn 2014

Around the


This course will explore the many facets of the German Bauhaus that revolutionized architecture and design and was highly influential in the areas of theater, film, dance, fashion, painting and several others. We will explore the various phases of the Bauhaus from its expressionist beginnings to its final international style architecture as well as the figures who are responsible for its lasting fame (Gropius, Itten, Paul Klee, Kandinsky, Feininger, Schlemmer, Albers etc.). We will also look at the related movements in literature in order to better conceptualize the achievements of the Bauhaus school. As the Bauhaus is part of the modern avant-garde, we will examine how its particular project of merging art and life played out not only in its artifacts, but also in the way it organized life for its students and faculty in dormitories, labs, lecture halls, during free time and parties. Required books: Magdalena Droste: Bauhaus (Taschen Verlag, German edition) and Boris Friedewald: living_art: Bauhaus (Prestel Verlag). Prereq: 2102 or equiv, or permission of instructor.

NEW COURSE!                    German 3254H  •  Holub | 3 credit units | Autumn Semester 2014 

Representations and Memory of the Holocaust in Film

GE Visual and Performing Arts and GE Diversity‐Global Studies course

The Holocaust has been a tremendously important topic in postwar cinema.                     There are major films in almost every major European country dealing with the Holocaust, directed  by some of the foremost directors and featuring some of the greatest actors and actresses, and some of the  most innova ve filmic techniques. The Holocaust has been represented in various filmic forms:   documentary, drama, comedy; indeed, there are probably more films on the Holocaust and more footage     of the Holocaust placed in films than any other historical event outside of World War II. Yet the ques on of    representa on, in par cular adequate representa on is one that is con nuously raised and debated.            In this course we will iden fy the complex interplay between history and filmic representa on in  connec on with a major event of the twen eth century. Through examining films along with historical      documents, as well as cultural and theore cal wri ngs this course aims at teaching students how film as a  unique art form deals with intricate historical phenomena and substan ve issues of ethics.   Films will be screened outside of class. Taught in English.

Ger 3600 Topics in German Linguistics/Language

Autumn 2014

Class number 31330

T Th 12:45—2:05pm

Hagerty Hall 050

Prof. Anna Grotans

"Using German" In this course we will

investigate the German language as it used today. We will briefly review the structural aspects of German, e.g., phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon. Then we'll move on to a look at the numerous varieties that make up the German language, including dialects, sociolects and technolects. Further topics to be investigated include: - the influence of foreign languages on German, especially English (Denglisch) - modern attitudes toward standardization and language change - the role of German in the EU - minority and immigrant languages in Germany - German in the media and advertising Students will be asked to write 4 essays, complete a final project (presentation and web page), homework and short quizzes. Class is taught in German. Prereq: Ger 2102 or equivalent. * Ger 2350 is NOT required as a prerequisite *

4200 Topics in German Literature, Art and Film

Autumn 2014 Professor Helen Fehervary

Bertolt Brecht in Transnational Context Plays, Theater Productions, Films This course is primarily focused on improving students’ German reading, speaking, and writing skills. Requirements include active class participation and weekly short papers. The class will emphasize grammar review. Discussions and clarification about grammar will be drawn from the texts we read and the written papers corrected and handed back each week. Topical focus based on the following: Playtexts: Die Dreigroschenoper Leben des Galilei Mutter Courage Excerpts from Theater Productions: Die Dreigroschenoper, dir. Robert Wilson (2008) Leben des Galilei, Brecht/Charles Laughton: Aufbau einer Rolle Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny, Metropolitan Opera, with Teresa Stratas (1979) Films: Die Dreigroschenoper, dir. Fritz Lang (1930) Life of Galileo, dir. Joseph Losey, with Topol (1965)

AUTUMN 2014 German 4250

Selfhood in German Literature and Culture Senior Seminar in German Studies: Literature, Art and Film Professor Katra Byram Wednesdays and Fridays 11:10-12:30

Who are you? How do you define yourself? What does it mean to be an individual, a human being? This course will examine how people in German-speaking cultures have answered these questions over time.

Our primary concern will be to explore how changing ideas of selfhood are related to changing modes of literary representation. To do so, we’ll read poems, stories, novels, and philosophy. But we’ll also consider artwork, music, and film. This course is taught in English. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Byram at, or visit her spring semester office hours, M 10-12 or W 11:30-1:30.

Norse Myth and Medieval Culture SCAN 3350 AU14 TTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM Ramseyer Hall 100 Prof. Kaplan – kaplan.103

GE lit and diversity global studies course What do we know about Thor and Odin, and how do we know it? This course examines the myths of the Old Norse gods and the sources in which those myths are recorded. Students will gain insight into the world view and beliefs of the pagan North by reading (in English translation) the most important textual sources on Scandinavia's preChristian mythology. Place-name, archaeological, and other evidence will also be discussed. Students intrigued by the Viking Age, medieval Northern Europe, or the interpretation of myth will find much of interest ( --as may bannermen of Houses Stark and Greyjoy). SCAN 3350 counts towards the Scandinavian minor.

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

AU 2014

Swedish I SWEDISH 1101

TWRF 9:10-10:05

Introduction to Swedish language and culture

Instructor: Agi Risko (risko.1)

No prerequisites; GE for lang

AU 2014

Swedish III SWEDISH 1103

TWRF 10:20-11:15

Intermediate Swedish

Instructor: Agi Risko (risko.1)

Prereq: 1101 – 1102; GE for lang

Scandvn 3350

AU 2014

Norse Mythology and Medieval Culture Prof. Kaplan (kaplan.103)

GE lit and diversity global studies course

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures 498 Hagerty Hall

Yiddish 2241 • Yiddish Culture | 3 credit units | Autumn Semester 2014 GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course From Crackow to Columbus, from Brooklyn to Beechwood, the great majority of American Jews are heirs to the thousand-year old culture of Ashkenaz—the largest country in Europe. Yiddish 2241 explores the culture of Ashkenaz in its many forms of expression —literature, film, folklore, family life, food, politics, religion, academics, sports, entertainment, immigration, assimilation, self-assertion, marginality, subversion, and the "Jewishing" of the American dream. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 241. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.

Yiddish 3399 • Holocaust in Yiddish and Ashkenazic Literature | 3 credit units | Autumn Semester 2014 GE lit and diversity global studies course Reading and analysis of texts, films and music pertaining to the topic of the Holocaust, the genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany against European Jewry, and its impact on Ashkenazic-Jewish civilization. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 399 or German 3252. GE lit and diversity global studies course.

Yiddish 4721 • Studies in Yiddish Literature Miller | 3 credit units | Autumn Semester 2014 Advanced study of specific literary periods, figures, and/or topics involving extensive reading and discussion of appropriate primary and secondary source materials. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr. hrs.

Au2014 gll courses booklet  
Au2014 gll courses booklet  

GE, Honors, and major/minor courses offered autumn semester 2014 in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Ohio State