This course explores the major trends and tensions that have informed German literature, art and thought from the 18th to the 21st centuries. In addition to developing the language skills to discuss, analyze and interpret literature, students will explore the rich cultural tradition in the German-speaking countries and its continued relevance for the world. Topics include: Enlightenment; Age of Goethe; Third Reich; GDR surveillance; Cold War; German reunification; remembering the Holocaust; rise of right-wing populism (AfD); ecological revolution. Figures include: Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Wagner, Nietzsche, Freud, Einstein, Brecht, Celan, Dürrenmatt, Wolf, Draesner, Horn.
Course Notes: Readings and discussions in German.
***This course is holding a virtual information session on August 24 at 3 pm. Visit the course Canvas site for the meeting link.***