4 credits / TR 11:00a – 12:15p
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.
Our focus will involve the question: What does it mean to go “elsewhere” in the broadest sense? What moves with the people who choose to or have to go elsewhere? (words, recipes, traditions, food, music, artifacts, etc.). How does this affect how we think of belonging? What are the political, cultural, social, and aesthetic repercussions of migrations and exiles? These are only a few questions that come to mind when thinking about displacement and its consequences. Albeit it a very timely reality in current Europe, migratory waves have a long history and therefore our course will explore migratory movements and their figurative embodiments from the 1800s to today in a variety of genres: narrative prose, poetry, theater, film, maybe opera, paintings/photos, music, popular culture, and journalism. Authors will include Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich Heine, Johann Peter Hebel, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Stefan Zweig, Thomas Mann, Fritz Lang, Marlene Dietrich, Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Anna Seghers, Yoko Tawada, Herta Müller, Abbas Khider, Yasemin Yildiz, Jenny Erpenbeck, and Fatih Akin, among others. A class excursion to the Tenement Museum in New York will hopefully be part of the course.
Taught in German.