GERMAN 303 - Topics in German Culture and the Arts
Winter 2023, Section 001 - Czech, German Jewish
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
May be elected three times for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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Central Europe belongs to those unique historical amalgams whose composition defies disciplinary boundaries. The course traces this region’s complex history, culture, and its current spirit. Central European literature, theater, film, and visual art will be examined against the background of the tumultuous and often tragic events which left marks on the culture of Austrians, Czechs, and Germans during the 20th century. Symbiosis of these ethnic groups and their linguistic diversity will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of Jewish culture in Central Europe. Jewish emancipation, disappearance of ghettoes, but also antisemitism and the Holocaust are among the topics. Another topic is the resistance against the Communist order and its eventual disintegration in 1989 as documented by works inspired by the fall of the Berlin wall. Authors to be read include Prague’s Jewish legends, Hašek’s Švejk, Kafka’s Trial, Kundera’s Joke, J. Roth’s Bust of the Emperor; films include Wegener’s Golem, Hippler’s Eternal Jew, Forman’s Firemen’s Ball, and Becker’s Goodbye, Lenin.

Class Format:

Format: In person. Weekly class meetings will require synchronous participation.

Grading & Assessment: Testing for this course will be asynchronous and will consist of short answer and essay questions that will be submitted via Canvas during a designated time frame.


GERMAN 303 - Topics in German Culture and the Arts
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
003 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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