German

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German Courses

GRMN 103 Elementary German: Intensive Course

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. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 104 Elementary German: Intensive Course

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. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 203 Intermediate German: Intensive Course

Grammar review and reading of cultural and short literary works, together with increased emphasis on conversation. Prerequisite: Grmn 103, 104. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 280 Summer in Berlin

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 103-104. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 300 Introduction to German Literature

A general introduction to German literature from the beginning to the contemporary period. The course places the periods and genres of German literature into their historical context and serves as a course for completing the language requirement. The course is taught in German and is strongly recommended for all majors. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 301 Advanced Readings

Reading and discussion in German of selected works of modern German drama and prose. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 302 Advanced Readings

Reading and discussion in German of selected works of modern German drama and prose. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 303 Kafka and Werfel

Selected readings of works of Franz Kafka such as Die Verwandlung and Franz Werfel such as Jacobowsky und der Oberst. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 304 Hesse and Mann

Readings from the works of Hermann Hesse (Demian and Siddhartha) and Thomas Mann (Tonio Kroger and Tristan). Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 305 Brecht and the Modern Theatre

A reading of one major Brecht play such as Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis or Mutter Courage and an analysis of its influence on modern post WWII German theatre. Selected readings of Weiss, Müller, and others. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 306 Modern Swiss Authors

A reading of one major work by both Friedrich Dürrenmatt (Der Besuch der alten Dame) and Max Frisch (Biedermann und die Brandstifter or Homo Faber), together with some short works of the lesser known authors like Peter Bichsel. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 307 Modern Austrian Authors

An introduction to twentieth-century Austrian literature beginning with short texts by authors such as Roth, Musil, Aichinger, and Bernhard and eventually focusing on novels such as Peter Handke's Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter and Der kurze Brief zum langen Abschied. Background information on Austrian culture and civilization. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Staff

GRMN 308 Heinrich Böll

A reading of one major work by Heinrich Böll such as Und sagte kein einziges Wort or Die verlorne Ehre der Katharina Blum together with selected short stories and essays by Böll. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 309 Kästner and Fallada

Readings of two of the best known authors of the Weimar Republic, Erich Kästner and Hans Fallada, such as Kästner's children's novels Emil und die Detektive or Das fliegende Klassenzimmer and Fallada's classic novel about the Depression, Kleiner Mann, was nun? Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

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

An examination of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm (e.g., Snow White, Hänsel 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 eighteenth century to the present will also cover their operatic and cinematic versions. Class consists of reading, discussion, and viewing of videos of films and operas spawned by the fairy tales. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 311 German Culture and Composition

Conversational exercises in colloquial German, including use of audiovisual materials. Regular practice in composition; while 311 stresses vocabulary development and focuses on contemporary cultural issues (intermediate), 312 emphasizes social and political issues (advanced). Either 311 or 312 is required of all majors. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 312 German Culture and Composition

Conversational exercises in colloquial German, including use of audiovisual materials. Regular practice in composition; while 311 stresses vocabulary development and focuses on contemporary cultural issues (intermediate), 312 emphasizes social and political issues (advanced). Either 311 or 312 is required of all majors. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 313 Contemporary Language and Usage

A one-semester advanced language and culture course designed to increase oral and written language skills to help the student deal with contemporary societies. Analysis and interpretation of current texts, composition, formal letter writing, and practical use of political, scientific, economic, journalistic, and social vocabularies. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 314 Advanced Conversation and Problem Solving

An examination of current topics, such as unemployment, immigration, "skinheads," and European integration, using the internet and printed materials. Students not only increase their German vocabulary and speaking and writing ability but also their analytical skills by confronting problems facing contemporary Germans/Germany. Group and pair work. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Staff

GRMN 315 Contemporary German Films

Screening and discussion of contemporary German films. The course focuses on developing language skills through discussing recent German movies, reading screen play excerpts, working with vocabulary exercises and on writing essays about movie topics. The course is taught in German and is based on Reimer/Zachau Arbeitsbuch zu German Culture through Film. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 321 Survey of German Literature

The history of German literature from the beginning down to the present day. Required of all majors. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 322 Survey of German Literature

The history of German literature from the beginning down to the present day. Required of all majors. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 324 Literature of Berlin

A survey of Berlin’s literature, including excerpts of novels by Theodor Fontane, Wilhelm Raabe, Alfred Döblin, Erich Kästner, and Christa Wolf. The course is taught in German. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 332 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics

Concentration on advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary enhancement, and various writing styles through analysis of German short stories. Emphasis as well on improvement of essay and letter writing. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 333 Studies in German Grammar and Syntax

Through an examination of syntax and essay writing, this course provides an explanation and discussion of grammatical structures such as complex clauses, subjunctive mode, passive voice, and relative clauses. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 344 Junior Tutorial

Intensive practice in analyzing and comparing the style of outstanding German writers and in writing German. Introduction to the use of research materials. Required of all majors. Prerequisite: German 203 or higher or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 350 Berlin—Impressions of a City (also History 350)

A survey of Berlin through its history and architecture, its literature and film with emphasis on the twentieth century. The course is divided into five parts: Berlin's early history before WWI, the Weimar Republic, the Nazi period, Cold War Berlin (East and West), and modern Berlin after 1989. In addition to the history and architecture, major novels and films of the city are examined throughout the semester. This course is taught in English and may not be used in fulfillment of the foreign language requirement. Nor does it count towards the German major/minor. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 351 Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation

Reading and study of texts from the whole range of German literature in English translation. No knowledge of German required. Does not satisfy the language requirement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 352 Kafka/Grass in Translation

Reading and discussion of the main works of Franz Kafka and Günter Grass in English translation, including The Trial, The Castle, The Country Doctor, The Judgment, The Tin Drum, and Cat and Mouse. Does not fulfill the language requirement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 353 German Film

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 Süss 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). Does not satisfy the language requirement. Nor does it count towards the German major/minor. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 354 Modern German Civilization

An analysis of Germany's development in the twentieth century with emphasis on literary, social, industrial, and cultural movements. The course is taught in English but is also open to German students who do some reading and writing in German. Does not satisfy the language requirement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

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

An examination of major fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and their international variants. The class includes 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. Not open for credit to those who have completed NOND 101. Does not satisfy the language requirement. Nor does it count towards the German major/minor. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 356 The Nazi Period (also HIST 353)

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. Included are examples from the works of Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht and Günter Grass, along with films screenings such as Triumph of the Will, Jacob the Liar and Europa Europa. The course is taught in English and does not fulfill the language requirement. Nor does it count towards the German major/minor. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 360 Sewanee in Berlin: Advanced German

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 280. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 403 German Literature from the Age of Enlightenment through the Storm and Stress

An intensive study of rational and irrational tendencies in German literature from about 1750 to 1784, with major focus on Klopstock, Lessing, Lenz, Goethe, Schiller, and Klinger. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 405 German Romanticism

Readings in the principal writers of the Romantic Movement, including Novalis, Tieck, Eichendorff, Brentano, and Hoffmann. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 407 19th-Century Literature

Readings from the age of Poetic Realism. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 408, GRMN 409 20th-Century German Literature

The first semester covers the period from 1900 to 1945; the second semester, from 1945 to the present. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser, Zachau

GRMN 410 Goethe Seminar

Götz, Werther, Faust, Iphigenie, and other selected works are read and analyzed, along with Goethe's poetry. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 411 Schiller, Hölderlin, Kleist

Schiller's dramas and poetry, Hölderlin's Hyperion and poetry, and Kleist's Der zerbrochene Krug, along with his prose works, are read and analyzed. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 413 Kafka and His Times

Examination and discussion in German of major works from the first quarter of the twentieth century by Kafka, Hesse, Mann, and Werfel. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Davidheiser

GRMN 421 Lyric Poetry

Representative works of various German poets from the seventeenth century to the present. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 422 German Drama

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

GRMN 427 East German Literature

An investigation of the connection between literature and society in East Germany. The course shows the historical development of East Germany through its literature. Readings include works by Wolf, Plenzdorf, Strittmatter, Kant, Heym, and Kunze. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Zachau

GRMN 444 Independent Study

For selected students. Prerequisite: One course in German number 301-349 or placement. (Credit, half to full course.) Staff

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