May 24, 2022  
Catalogue 2021-2022 
Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GERM 260 - Developments in German Literature

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
Topic for 2021/2022b: Love Trouble: Passion and Heartbreak in Modern German Literature and Culture. Starting in the late nineteenth century, German-speaking Europe became a hotbed of theorizing and activism around sexuality and sexual expression. But while many activists fought for sexual freedom and a future in which “sex will be good again,” others found themselves focusing on the countless reasons why relationships often fell short of expectations:  racism, antisemitism, women’s oppression, homophobia, class differences, age differences, politics, and German society as a whole. This course explores the efforts to document and overcome these problems in essays, fiction, poetry, and film against larger developments in German society. Authors and filmmakers may include Fatih Akin, Ingeborg Bachmann, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Dea Loher, Thomas Mann, Emine Özdamar, Ulrich Plenzdorf, Bernhard Schlink, Arthur Schnitzler, Frank Wedekind, and Christa Wolf. Jeffrey Schneider.

Prerequisite(s): GERM 230  or GERM 240 , or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS

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