German (GRMN)

GRMN 103     Elementary German I  (4)

Teaches the basics of the language with emphasis on the four skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing). Elementary cultural and literary readings. Use of the language laboratory for drill in active use of the language.

GRMN 104     Elementary German II  (4)

Teaches the basics of the language with emphasis on the four skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing). Elementary cultural and literary readings. Use of the language laboratory for drill in active use of the language. Prerequisite: GRMN 103 or placement.

GRMN 203     Intermediate German  (4)

Grammar review and reading of cultural and short literary works, together with increased emphasis on conversation. Prerequisite: GRMN 104 or placement.

GRMN 280     Summer in Berlin  (4)

This course offers a three-week program of language study at the DiD German language institute in Berlin where students take classes along with other international students. After appropriate placement according to their language skills, enrolled students receive language instruction through DiD while the accompanying Sewanee faculty member provides culture instruction and area excursions. Prerequisite: GRMN 103 and GRMN 104.

GRMN 300     Advanced German  (4)

A continuation of the grammar review and readings begun in GRMN 203, with increased emphasis on conversation. This course serves as a bridge to 300-level courses taught in German. Prerequisite: GRMN 203 or placement..

GRMN 309     Erich Kästner: A Weimar Author  (4)

Readings and screenings of one of the best known authors of the Weimar Republic, Erich Kästner whose novels Emil und die Detektive and Das fliegende Klassenzimmer have been recognized as important works of children's literature. Prerequisite: GRMN 203 or higher or placement.

GRMN 310     The Fairy Tale in German Literature and Culture: From the Brothers Grimm to Kafka and Hesse  (4)

An examination of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm (e.g., Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstilzchen, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood) and their role in German literature and culture along with a study of the literary fables and fairy tales of such writers as Lessing, Goethe, Tieck, Hesse and Kafka. This interdisciplinary approach to fairy tales from the 18th century to the present will also cover their operatic and cinematic versions. Class will consist of reading, discussion and viewing of videos of film and operas spawned by the fairy tales. Prerequisite: GRMN 203 or higher or placement.

GRMN 311     Contemporary German Culture I  (4)

Conversational exercises in colloquial German, including use of audiovisual materials. Regular practice in composition; while GRMN 311 stresses vocabulary development and focuses on contemporary cultural issues (intermediate), GRMN 312 emphasizes social and political issues (advanced). Prerequisite: GRMN 203 or higher or placement.

GRMN 312     Contemporary German Culture II  (4)

Conversational exercises in colloquial German, including use of audiovisual materials. Regular practice in composition; while GRMN 311 stresses vocabulary development and focuses on contemporary cultural issues (intermediate), GRMN 312 emphasizes social and political issues (advanced). Prerequisite: GRMN 203 or higher or placement.

GRMN 321     Survey of German Culture and Literature I  (4)

The history of German literature from the beginning down to the present day. Prerequisite: GRMN 203 or higher or placement.

GRMN 322     Survey of German Culture and Literature II  (4)

The history of German literature from the beginning down to the present day. Prerequisite: GRMN 203 or higher or placement.

GRMN 324     Literature of Berlin  (4)

A survey of Berlin's literature, including excerpts of novels by Theodor Fontane, Wilhelm Raabe, Alfred Döblin, Erich Kästner, and Christa Wolf. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GRMN 203 or higher or placement.

GRMN 351     Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation  (4)

Reading and study of texts from the whole range of German literature in English translation. No knowledge of German required. This course is taught in English.

GRMN 353     German Film  (4)

A survey of German film from the 1920s through the present times from a historical perspective. The course focuses on German cultural history through film making with representative examples from the Weimar Republic silent film period (Nosfertu), the Nazi period (Jud Sub and Kolberg), the rebirth of the German cinema in the 1960s (Fassbinder's films), and adaptations of literature from the 1970s and 1980s in East and West Germany (The Tin Drum, Das Boot). The course is taught in English but is also open to German students who will write a term paper in German. This course is taught in English.

GRMN 354     From the Beetle to Berlin  (4)

This course examines German society and culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. Focusing on the Volkswagen Beetle and the city of Berlin as key sites for exploring political, social, and economic transformations, this course studies German society from 1945 to the present through its mass media, literature, cityscapes, and industrial products. This course is taught in English.

GRMN 355     Once Upon a Time: The Literature and Culture of Fairy Tales  (4)

An examination of major fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and their international variants. The class will include some lecture but mostly discussion of such works as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Frog King, Hansel and Gretel. Comparison will be made with cinematic (Walt Disney, Ingmar Bergman) and musical (Mozart, Humperdinck, Tchaikovsky) versions of the tales. This course is taught in English with no knowledge of German required. This course is taught in English.

GRMN 356     The Nazi Period  (4)

An examination of the connection between Nazi ideology and German culture of the nineteen-thirties and forties. The course offers a discussion of artistic reactions to the Nazis among the German exile community, along with a discussion of literary works about the Nazis written after WWII. The course also offers an analysis of holocaust representations in art and literature. The course gives an overview of the historical facts and events that shaped the Nazi period and analyzes holocaust representations in art and literature. This course is taught in English.

GRMN 357     German Queer Cinema  (4)

This course traces German queer cinema from the earliest representations of gay and lesbian sexual orientations in 1920s Weimar to topics such as sexual indeterminacy and the queering of nationality and migrant culture in contemporary films. The course examines how films both represent and produce non-normative sexual desires and identities. It also considers sexual and gender identity in relation to particular historical and cultural moments as well as to other constituting experiences (race, class, gender, nationality). These topics are studied in the context of particular movements, directors, and genres in German cinema. This course is taught in English.

GRMN 358     Borders, Margins, and Identities in German Culture  (4)

From the recruitment of Turkish "guest workers" to the ongoing refugee crisis, Germany has emerged a "multicultural" nation of shifting and contested borders and identities. This course investigates how national, ethnic, racial, and religious identities are perceived and constructed in film, literature, and news media and how those identities intersect with, and are complicated by, class, gender, and sexual identities. Students engage critically with concepts such as migration, assimilation, hybridity, citizenship, diaspora, "majority" culture, and authenticity. This course is taught in English.

GRMN 360     Sewanee in Berlin: Advanced German  (4)

This summer course combines an advanced-level German class with a culture class. The language class is taught at the Berlin Deutsch in Deutschland language institute, and the culture class is taught as a combination of class work and student-led excursions. The course is offered in Berlin every other year. Prerequisite: GRMN 203 or GRMN 280.

GRMN 380     Sommer in Sewanee  (4)

Intensive language and culture seminar for teachers and students of German. The two-week course which emphasizes the reading, writing, listening and speaking of German is offered every June through the Consortium for German in the Southeast. Credit is available for the Intermediate I, Intermediate II, and Advanced level.

GRMN 401     Seminar in German and German Studies  (4)

This course centers on key topics and concepts in the field of German Studies. Through readings of primary and secondary materials, the course develops students' critical and research skills. Each student completes a senior research project, which results in a substantial essay written in German. Topics may include an exploration of literary concepts, periods, and authors, or focus on cultural issues. Prerequisite: GRMN 301 and GRMN 302.

GRMN 404     The Age of Goethe  (4)

This course offers an in-depth introduction to the literary and cultural landscape of the Age of Goethe (1770-1830), a period of enormous literary, political, and sociocultural change. Taught in English. Students majoring in German and German Studies may utilize the course as one of the required electives taught in German by completing all reading and writing assignments in German.

GRMN 407     Nineteenth-Century Literature  (4)

Readings from the age of Poetic Realism. Prerequisite: One course numbered GRMN 301-349 or placement.

GRMN 408     Twentieth Century German Literature I  (4)

The first semester covers the period from 1900 to 1945; the second semester, from 1945 to the present. Prerequisite: One course numbered GRMN 301-349 or placement.

GRMN 409     Twentieth Century German Literature II  (4)

The first semester covers the period from 1900 to 1945; the second semester, from 1945 to the present. Prerequisite: One course numbered GRMN 301-349 or placement.

GRMN 422     German Drama  (4)

A survey of major German playwrights, including Schiller, Kleist, Goethe, Buchner, Hauptmann, Brecht, Frisch, and Weiss. The students will have the opportunity to perform selected scenes of the plays discussed in class. Prerequisite: One course numbered GRMN 301-349 or placement.

GRMN 444     Independent Study  (2 or 4)

For selected students. Prerequisite: GRMN 321 and GRMN 322, professor consent, and prerequisite override required..