Conducted in German
Taught by Andrea Dortmann
Conversation & Composition is designed for students with a solid grasp of German grammar and vocabulary who wish to extend their knowledge of the German language, history, and culture through reading, discussion, and writing. Conversation & Composition is a reading and writing intensive course. Emphasis will be placed on refining written expression and developing the ability to discuss and argue opinions, as well as a thorough review of grammar.
In this course, we will engage the question: what constitutes friendship and how does friendship relate to its supposed opposite, enmity? Where are the lines between the two? Where do they overlap or transition into the other?
What are the political, cultural, social, and aesthetic repercussions of friendships? We will explore narrative prose, letters, diary entries, poetry, theater, film, visual arts, music, popular culture, and journalism.
Authors will include Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Arthur Schnitzler, Stefan Zweig, Thomas Mann, Anne Frank, Max Frisch, Herta Müller, Fatih Akin, Werner Herzog, among others.