4 credits / MW 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Taught by Andrea Dortmann.
Readings and discussions in German.
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.
In this course we will explore representations of friendship/s throughout German culture from the classics (Goethe and Schiller) to today. The theme of friendship has occupied writers and philosophers throughout history and is a topic of current discussion in contemporary humanities. You are invited to read a great variety of textual genres: ballads, poems, aphorisms, short stories, a children’s novel, and a theater play. Some of the following issues will guide our investigation: difference between love and friendship, family and friends, friends and foes; questions of gender [friendship between men and women, male bonding, girlfriends], proof of friendship; betrayal, loyalty, idealization; the question of power, and other problems that you may want to bring up.
You all will have something to say about this. The only thing is: you have to do it in German. Therefore, you will also continue to perfect your speaking and writing skills in German while engaging in this compelling topic. A thorough grammar review accompanies this course and through regular writing assignments you will not only practice your written expression in German, but also work on your argumentation skills.