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GE Course Catalog GE Course Catalog  Thrilling topics taught in English  Germanic Languages & Literatures 

Spring semester 2014 

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New advising office in Hagerty Hall 

  Hagerty Hall has a new undergraduate office for students majoring in languages,  comparative, Islamic, medieval and renaissance, religious and romance studies,  world literatures, and film studies.    Advisors are located in 355 Hagerty Hall and are available to help students with  information on majors and general education requirements (GE) and assist with  overall degree planning. Students can make appointments to meet with an advisor  by calling 292‐6961 or visiting the office.  ‐‐ > Read more:  


New course—German 3353       German Intellectual History: Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud  GE Cultures and Ideas course taught by Professor Holub  Course description inside.

German 2251 – German Literature and Popular Culture

Spring 2014

B/order: The Berlin Wall in German Popular Culture

GE lit course

Taught in English Tu & Th 11:10 – 12:30 Instructor: Simon Losch (losch.8)

The Berlin Wall is the symbol for the 40 year separation of Germany into a capitalist West and a socialist East. This unique cultural and historical period strongly affected everyday life in Germany – separated friends, families, a nation and the world. The class will explore the cultural, political and historical significance of the Wall in West-, East, and the reunited Germany in literature, film, visual art and music.

German 2252H

The Faust Theme GE course Spring Semester 2014 | 3 credit units W F 9:35 -­10:55 This course will be taught in English.


aust, 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. Eugene Delacroix, Goethe’s Faust

Faust's infinite attractiveness 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 the many facets of the Faust theme, we will trace an outline of the cultural history of Germany and examine the myth’s reverberations within other cultures over the centuries.

This class approaches the Faust theme from a variety of different angles. We will consider its early roots and its first important dramatic embodiment in Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus from Elizabethan times. Our main focus will of course be on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, as well as on a late 19th century Gothic re-imagination of the theme: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Our approach to the theme will however also include studying a wide range of representations of the Faust theme in the arts, such as in painting, etching, film and music. still from Friedrich Murnau’s silent movie Faust


The promise and bewilderment of the land of opportunity, the excitement and danger of the wild frontier, the corruption and power of organized crime, the breakneck pace of a New York career, and the broken dreams of Hollywood fame; these moments and more have been captured by German writers to fascinate their audiences with insight, humor, and a critique of American culture. In this course, students will read popular and renowned works by modern German speaking authors and directors and discover the many faceted landscapes of the United States as imagined through their uniquely German perspectives.

German 3252 •

The Holocaust in Literature and Film

Byram | 3 units | SP 14

Gateway Film Center House 1, WF 9:35-10:55

Why, faced with a historical catastrophe of unimaginable proportions, would we devote a class to film and literature about it, rather than to “the facts”?

Come find out why. Questions? Contact Prof. Katra Byram, or see Taught in English Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 399, or Yiddish 3399 (399). GE lit and diversity global studies course.

German 3253

SP 2014

The German Experience in North America Dr. Berit Jany GE Cultures & Ideas Course Tu Th 11:10AM - 12:30PM taught in English

More than 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin worried that German immigrants “will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglicizing them." Although his prediction did not prove true, America has since experienced several waves of German immigration that have led German-Americans to make up the nation’s largest ethnic group. But, what brought these Germans to America? How did they establish themselves in the new country? And, what influences have they exerted in American history and culture?


course serves as an introduction to the history, culture, and literature of German immigrants to North America, from the 17th into the 21st century. We study reasons for migration, selected settlements, as well as stories and tales of German pioneer authors. A field trip to German Village will provide a first-hand encounter with the culture and life of the early settlers. Students develop and present individually a research project of their interest relating to German immigrant experience.

Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud were the most important theorists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century writing in German. They have had a lasting influence on economic, social, political, philosophical, and cultural thought for the past century. This course deals with major dimensions of their writings, in particular how they viewed history and historical progress. Their thought is essential for anyone who wants to understand how we think about our society, our history, and ourselves. GE Cultures & Ideas Course

Robert Holub came to Ohio State as an Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor of German in 2012. Previously he taught in the German Department at Berkeley for twenty-seven years before taking administrative posts at the University of Tennessee and the University of Massachusetts. He holds a courtesy appointment in Higher Education.

German 3451H (GE) Spring 2014 (Taught in English)

Religion in Modern German Literature and Philosophy Instructor: Prof. May Mergenthaler Email: Cell phone: (614) 824 9569 Office: 334 Hagerty Hall

Time: WF 12:45-2:05pm Location: Hagerty Hall 186 Class number: 21264 (3 units) Office Hours: W 2:30-4 pm and by appointment

This Honors course fulfills two GE Categories: • Cultures and Ideas • Diversity: Global Studies Course Description: Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, and a century after Nietzsche’s famous proclamation that “God is dead,” we have allegedly been witnessing a global resurgence of religion and the beginning of a “post-secular age.” New, vigorous debates have emerged on the pros and cons of religion and secularization with respect to national and international peace, social justice, scientific development, and quality of life. For instance, in September 2012, the notorious “Mohammed video” sparked demonstrations and violence all over the Islamic world and renewed debates about where freedom of speech ends and hate speech begins. From the perspectives of the influential German traditions of philosophy, literature, psychology, and theology, this course explores the roles that religions can play in our modern societies. We will begin with an exploration of Kant’s notion of an enlightened and, simultaneously, divine community. Our investigation of this attempt to reconcile the Enlightenment with religion will be followed by a critical analysis of Marx’, Nietzsche’s, and Freud’s claims that religious belief is the “opium of the people” (Marx), luring them into submission. We will then discuss influential 20th-century theories of secularization: Max Weber’s belief that the spirit of capitalism is protestant and Carl Schmitt’s claim that true politics must be theological––that a head of state needs to act like a sovereign God. In addition to theories of secularization, we will explore 20century attempts to adopt theology to the secularization of the society, including Martin Buber’s dialogic philosophy, Hans Küng’s Reform Catholicism, and Dorothee Sölle’s feminist theology. Through a select numer of group projects and interactive presentations, students will also learn about and discuss the current significance of the historical ideas covered in this class. We will for instance, explore current debates about the relationship between religion and rationality, and contemporary economic, biological, and psychological explanations of religion. Students are also welcome to develop their own projects, for instance to conduct interviews on campus or visit a house of religious worship in Columbus. Assessment and Grading: • short weekly writing assignments: 20% • take-home midterm exam: 20%

• participation: 20% • group project: 20% • take-home final exam: 20%

Yiddish GE courses  Yiddish GE courses Spring semester 2014 

2367 Jewish‐American Voices in US Literature  Introduction to Jewish‐American literature; development of expository writing and  argumentation skills through systematic and critical reflection upon their own  country from the perspective of an ethnic community.  Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 367 or  JewshSt 2367. GE writing and comm: level 2 and cultures and ideas course. Cross‐ listed in JewshSt. 

 3371 Yiddish Literature in Translation  Reading, analysis, and discussion of representative works and of the development  of major movements and genres in Yiddish literature.  Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 371 or JewshSt 3371. GE lit and diversi‐ ty global studies course. Cross‐listed in JewshSt.   

3399 Holocaust in Yiddish and Ashkenazic Literature and Film  Reading and analysis of texts, films and music pertaining to the topic of the Holo‐ caust, 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 399. GE lit and diversi‐ ty global studies course.

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Looking for a GE or an Honors course spring semester 2014? Check out the courses (taught in English) in Germanic Languages and Literatures a...

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