5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Course Descriptions

GERM 500 - (3) (IR)
Critical Writing and Bibliography

Supervised practice in the organization and writing of articles for scholarly journals. Includes introduction to bibliography.

GERM 505 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics

Major figures, genres, or literary problems serve as the focus for an intensive course within any literary period.

GERM 510 - (3) (IR)
Introduction to Middle High German

Introduction to Middle High German and selected readings in Middle High German literature.

GERM 512 - (3) (IR)
Medieval German Lyric Poetry

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Middle High German
Reading of selections from the Minnesang, in the context of the development of Middle High German poetry.

GERM 514 - (3) (IR)
Medieval German Epic

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Middle High German
Theory and analysis of the great Middle High German romances and courtly and heroic epics, including the Nibelungenlied, Erec, Parzival, and Tristan.

GERM 521 - (3) (IR)
Reformation-Baroque 1700

Study of German literature from 1500 to 1680.

GERM 523 - (3) (IR)
Weise to Wieland

Study of German literature from 1680 to 1750.

GERM 525 - (3) (IR)
Age of Goethe I

Study of German storm and stress and classicism, focusing on Goethe and Schiller.

GERM 526 - (3) (IR)
Age of Goethe II

Study of representative romantic works against the background of German intellectual history, 1795-1830.

GERM 530 - (3) (IR)

Study of German literature and intellectual history from 1795 to 1830.

GERM 537 - (3) (IR)
Nineteenth Century

Study of major writers and works from 1830 to 1890, including Grillparzer, Stifter, Heine, Hebbel, Keller, Storm, Fontane.

GERM 547 - (3) (IR)
Turn of the Century

Discussion of the major literary movements at the turn of the century with analysis of representative works by Hofmannstahl, Schnitzler, George, Rilke, Thomas Mann, Musil, Kafka, and others.

GERM 548 - (3) (IR)
Twentieth Century

An introduction to the main currents of German literature since 1920, emphasizing five or six of the major authors.

GERM 550 - (3) (IR)
Studies in Lyric Poetry

An investigation of the theory and practice of lyric poetry in Germany, emphasizing major authors and traditions.

GERM 551 - (3) (IR)
Studies in Prose Fiction

A study of representative works of fiction, either novels or shorter forms, emphasizing formal and thematic developments, and representative theories of fiction.

GERM 552 - (3) (IR)
Studies in Drama

An investigation of dramatic theory and practice in Germany, emphasizing major authors and traditions.

GERM 584 - (3) (IR)
Introduction to Literary Theory

An examination of current theories of literature, including Marxist, psychoanalytical, formalist, structuralist, and hermeneutic approaches.

GERM 595, 596 - (3) (S)
Guided Research

Special research projects for students. Individually directed.

GERM 740 - (3) (IR)
German Intellectual History From the Enlightenment to Nietzsche

Study of the development of the concepts of “education” and “evolution,” and the predominance of aesthetics in German culture. Includes lectures on the impact of Leibnitz, Kant, and Schopenhauer; and readings in Lessing, Kant, Schiller, Fichte, Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, and Nietzsche.

GERM 741 - (3) (IR)
Nietzsche and Modern Literature

Reading and thorough discussion of the major works of Nietzsche, in English translation, from The Birth of Tragedy to Twilight of the Idols. Emphasizes the impact of Nietzsche on twentieth-century literature and thought in such diverse authors as Shaw, Rilke, Thomas Mann, and Kafka. Includes a term paper to be submitted in two stages and a final examination.

GERM 742 - (3) (IR)
German Intellectual History From Nietzsche to the Present

Readings in and discussion of the intellectual, philosophical, and social history of Germany from the late nineteenth century to the present.

GERM 750 - (3) (E)
German Cinema

Study of the aesthetics and semiotics of German film, with a focus on expressionism and New German Cinema.

GERM 751 - (3) (S)
Advanced Topics

Investigation of subjects requiring considerable previous knowledge.

GERM 891, 892 - (3) (S)

Seminar in special problems in German literature and linguistics.

GERM 893, 894 - (3) (S)
Seminar in Language Teaching

Study of the theory and practice of language teaching with supervised classroom experience. One group meeting per week plus extensive individual consultation. Required of all teaching assistants in the teacher training program.

GERM 895, 896 - (3) (S)
Guided Research

Special research projects for advanced students. Individually directed.

GERM 897 - (3,6,9,12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research

GERM 898 - (3,6,9,12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For master’s thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.

GERM 996 - (3) (S)

GERM 997 - (3, 6, 9, 12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research

GERM 999 - (3, 6, 9, 12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

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