German 63. Germany and Europe: Heimat, Exile, Return

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Germany and European Union flags

Day/Time

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

Instructor

Schwakopf

This course discusses 20th and 21st Century German culture and poetics in dialogue and dispute with its European neighbors. Particular emphasis will be put on the effect of history on contemporary political, cultural and historical issues. How did the rest of Europe react to the German unification? How does Germany relate to its Gastarbeiter today? This course is designed to provide students with the ability to gain insights into how personal and collective identity is constructed and problematized through art and culture. In this interdisciplinary course we will work with a variety of written genre (poetry, short stories, plays, essays, journalistic non-fiction), as well as visual art, architecture, and film. We will take a cultural studies approach to understanding how to read effectively and interpret textual and visual materials. Conducted in German.