Graduate seminars carry an 800-level designation.
Courses numbered 400 and higher may fulfill graduate degree requirements.
Most course numbers are offered on a two-year rotation schedule.
GRM 435 18th & 19th Century German Literature and Culture
Visions of Home: The home becomes an utopian site for the self-definition and the identity of the emerging middle class. The home is closely connected with the establishment of a new love paradigm, with a new definition of childhood, and the emergence of a new leisure consumer culture fostered in large part by an intense new reading culture. (Wurst TTH 3:00-4:20)
GRM 805 The German Language: Relationships, Development, and Varieties
Languages and language use change with every interaction. What a typical German textbook says about the rules of German, is often not how people in German-speaking communities speak. In this course, we explore German dialects, contemporary developments in the German language, language contact (e.g., Denglish/Anglizismen), and language use in context, so that you do not sound like a textbook, when interacting with speakers of German. (Goertler Tu 3:00-5:50))
GRM 864 The Representability of the Holocaust
This seminar will focus on the various ways the Holocaust has been represented and the different responses to these forms, including claims that the Holocaust is incomprehensible, unimaginable, or unrepresentable. Taking a diachronic approach, we will examine a variety of representational modes, from autobiographical accounts and historical documentation to theoretical reflections and fictional stories, as well as films, photographs, graphic novels, memorials, museums, and artworks. Keeping in mind that the representation of the Holocaust is both a complex issue and an international phenomenon, we will approach this topic via aesthetic, ethical, epistemological, and disciplinary questions, while concentrating on works within the German-language context. Open to students from all fields; readings will be available in English and German. (Wolff Th 3:00-5:50)
GRM 445 20th Century and Contemporary German Literature: Mapping Germany
Through representations of flight and migration, of tourism and exile, of Heimweh and Fernweh, literature and film bear witness to large historical shifts in cultural, political, and geographical belonging over the past century for those who call Germany ‘home’. We will explore the power of these texts, as well as historical maps and other documents to tell stories about Germans’ changing relationship to space and place, and we will create and/or annotate our own digital maps to visualize and interpret the stories we read. (Mittman TTh 1:00-2:20)
GRM 460 Linguistic Analysis of Modern German
Analysis of grammatical, lexical, and phonological aspects of German and comparison with English. (Spinner TTh 10:20-11:40)
GRM 820 German Literature and Culture: Theory & Practice
The Origins and Legacies of Critical Theory: This course introduces students to the critical project: the mode of cultural and literary analysis that the Frankfurt School first called critical theory in the 1930s. It covers critical theory’s origins in the works of thinkers like Kant, Marx, and Nietzsche, and Freud, charts its rise in the 1920s and 1930s with Lukács, Benjamin, Horkheimer, and Adorno, and explores its contemporaries and continuations with Arendt, Foucault, Kristeva, and more current theoretical work that continues to unfold the critical project.(Handelman M 3:00-5:50 p.m.)
GRM 865 German Studies: Culture in Context: Reading Culture
The 18th century experienced a reading revolution that not only ushered in the new value system of the middle class contributing significantly to its social, cultural and economic rise. At the same time, concerns arose about the unregulated pleasures of reading leading to a split between reading for edification and “Bildung” on the one hand, and pleasurable reading on the other. (Wurst Th 3:00-5:50 p.m.)