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GERMAN 101: Germany in 5 Words

This course explores German history, culture and politics by tracing five (largely untranslatable) words and exploring the debates they have engendered in Germany over the past 200 years. This course is intended as preparation for students wishing to spend a quarter at the Bing Overseas Studies campus in Berlin, but is open to everyone. Taught in English.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-ED
Instructors: Daub, A. (PI)

GERMAN 116: Writing About Germany: New Topics, New Genres

Writing about various topics in German Studies. Topics based on student interests: current politics, economics, European affairs, start-ups in Germany. Intensive focus on writing. Students may write on their experience at Stanford in Berlin or their internship. Fulfills the WIM requirement for German Studies majors.
Terms: Aut, Spr | Units: 3-5
Instructors: Pao, L. (PI)

GERMAN 120C: German in Public: 99 German Songs

Germany is the land of Beethoven and Brahms, but has also given the world Marlene Dietrich, Nena, and Rammstein. This course aims to introduce you to a variety of music repertories, and a range of ways through popular songs to think and talk about 200 years of German history, art, culture, and politics. While we explore some of the great ¿classics¿ of the musical canon in the German speaking countries, we will also discover the social, critical, and political impacts expressed and triggered by folksongs, rock, punk, hip-hop, techno, and heavy metal music. Our focus will be on particular German genres and obsessions by listening not only good songs but also bad ones, very goofy and entertaining pieces. A class to hum along to! Taught in German. Prerequisite: One year of German or permission of instructor.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II
Instructors: Deniz, M. (PI)

GERMAN 125: Nietzsche: Life as Performance (GERMAN 325, TAPS 152L, TAPS 325)

Nietzsche famously considered that "there is no 'being' behind the deed, its effect, and what becomes of it; the 'doer' is invented as an afterthought - the doing is everything." How should we understand this idea of a deed without a doer, how might it relate to performance, and what influence has it had on modern culture? In order to answer these questions, we will consider Nietzsche's writings alongside some of the artworks that influenced Nietzsche or were influenced by him.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II
Instructors: Smith, M. (PI)

GERMAN 138: German Empires (GERMAN 338)

This course examines the many empires that have at times covered modern central Europe: Austria-Hungary, Imperial Germany, the Third Reich, and the rival Cold War empires that divided and occupied Germany and Austria. We will study how these German states and their citizens acted as part of empires both within and beyond Europe, in examples such as Arctic expeditions, archaeological digs, colonialism & genocide in Africa, World War II & the Holocaust, and alliances with new Cold War superpowers. Themes include: colonialism, racism and anti-Semitism, expansionism, nationalism, multi-national empires, exploration, and the relationship between imperialism and knowledge.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI
Instructors: Anderson, C. (PI)

GERMAN 174: The Poem as Medium (GERMAN 374)

Since Marshall McLuhan formulated his theory of "media" as "extensions of ourselves," we've come to understand the history of human communication in terms of its physical carriers, tools, and technologies. From cuneiform, hieroglyphs, and logographic writing systems, to the alphabet, to algorithms; from clay tablets, to papyrus, to LED screens; from scrolls, to books, to the gramophone, to DNA - the medium and the message shape how we store and communicate information. Poetry's place in this history of media has been both elusive and strangely consistent. In media theory, the poem, which Hans Magnus Enzensberger once called an "archaic medium" and Niklas Luhman a "paradoxical form of communication," often serves as an example of the non-ordinary, of opacity, untranslatability, self-mediation, or hypermediacy. We will read (often lesser known) texts by media theorists (McLuhan, Kittler, Flusser, Benjamin, Luhmann, Siegfried J. Schmidt, Hayles) and a selection of pre-media theory texts on the mediality and mediacy of poetry (Lessing, Hegel, Herder Schleiermacher, Hamburger), as well as one poem each week as we explore the relation between medium and message, content and form. Taught in German.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II
Instructors: Pao, L. (PI)

GERMAN 191: German Capstone Project

Each student participates in a capstone interview and discussion with a panel of the German Studies faculty on topics related to German cultural and literary analysis. In prepration for the interview/discussion, students submit written answers to a set of questions based on several authentic cultural texts in German. The written answers, normally in English, should be well-formed and coherent. Within the interview/discussion, students must demonstrate a further understanding of the topic(s) posed, through cogent argument.
Terms: Spr | Units: 1
Instructors: Starkey, K. (PI)

GERMAN 199: Individual Work

Repeatable for Credit. Instructor Consent Required
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-12 | Repeatable for credit

GERMAN 222: Myth and Modernity (COMPLIT 222A, GERMAN 322, JEWISHST 242G, JEWISHST 342)

Masters of German 20th- and 21st-Century literature and philosophy as they present aesthetic innovation and confront the challenges of modern technology, social alienation, manmade catastrophes, and imagine the future. Readings include Nietzsche, Freud, Rilke, Musil, Brecht, Kafka, Doeblin, Benjamin, Juenger, Arendt, Musil, Mann, Adorno, Celan, Grass, Bachmann, Bernhardt, Wolf, and Kluge. Taught in English. Note for German Studies grad students: GERMAN 322 will fulfill the grad core requirement since GERMAN 332 is not being offered this year. NOTE: Enrollment requires Professor Eshel's consent. Please contact him directly at eshel@stanford.edu and answer these 2 questions: "Why do you want to take this course?" and "What do you think you can add to the discussion?" Applications will be considered in the order in which they were received. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II
Instructors: Eshel, A. (PI)

GERMAN 265: Middle High German

Middle High German (MHG), a form of German spoken in the High Middle Ages c. 1050¿1350, constitutes one of the most important medieval languages of Europe. Numerous fundamental classics of European literature were originally composed in MHG, among them the Nibelungenlied, Wolfram von Eschenbach¿s Parzival, and Meister Eckhart¿s German Sermons. Reading skills in this language will thus allow literary scholars and historians to both appreciate well-known texts in their original form and access a range of untranslated literary works and sources. Working with different textual examples, students will learn how to read and translate MHG texts. They will additionally gain an overview of the history of the German language. Focusing on reading comprehension, this course will take a hands-on approach to key methods and concepts of historical linguistics (etymology, dialectology, historical semantics, phonetic history, premodern Germanic morphology and syntax). Additionally, students will learn how to work with printed and digital tools for translating MHG texts (lexical databases, dictionaries, historical grammars). German skills of intermediate level or higher are required. Assignments include weekly translation exercises.
Terms: Spr | Units: 1-3
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