German 179. Austrian History in Literature

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

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Day/Time

This course is not being offered during the current academic year.

Instructor

Frank Johnson and Schwakopf

This course uses Austrian literature to think through some of the most pressing questions of modern European (and, specifically, Austrian) history. We will read some of the greatest novels and novellas in modern German-speaking literature as we learn about the Habsburg monarchy, turn-of-the-century Vienna, the First and Second World Wars, the expulsion of Austrian Jewry, and postwar mythmaking. Important themes include: women's role in society and in the family; the rise of nationalism as a social and political force and the viability of multinational empires; sex and sexuality; justice, mercy, and retribution; what Austria is and what it means to be Austrian; anti-Semitism, Zionism, and European Jewry; cultural, political, and violent forms of social protest; the transformative power of war. Open to undergraduate and graduate students, with the permission of the instructor.

This course is equivalent to History 1919.