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Mail Code: 94305-2030
Phone: (650) 723-3266
Email: germanstudies@stanford.edu
Web Site: https://dlcl.stanford.edu/departments/german-studies/

Courses offered by the Department of German Studies are listed on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site under the subject code GERMAN. For courses in German language instruction with the subject code GERLANG, see the “Language Center” section of this bulletin.

The department is a part of the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

The department provides students with the linguistic and analytic ability to explore the significance of the cultural traditions and political histories of the German-speaking countries of Central Europe. At the same time, the interdisciplinary study of German culture, which can include art, economics, history, literature, media theory, philosophy, political science, and other fields, encourages students to evaluate broader and contradictory legacies of the German past, the history of rapid modernization and the status of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland today.

The German experience of national identity, political unification, and integration into the European Union sheds light on wider issues of cultural cohesion and difference, as well as on the causes and meaning of phenomena such as racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust. In general, an education in German Studies not only encourages the student to consider the impact of German-speaking thinkers and artists, but also provides a lens through which the contours of the present and past, in Europe and elsewhere, can be evaluated.

The department offers students the opportunity to pursue course work at all levels in the languages, cultures, literatures, and societies of the German-language traditions. Whether interested in German literature, the influence of German philosophy on other fields in the humanities, or the character of German society and politics, students find a broad range of courses covering language acquisition and refinement, literary history and criticism, cultural history and theory, history of thought, continental philosophy, and linguistics.

By carefully planning their programs, students may fulfill the B.A. requirements for a double major in German Studies and another subject. A coterminal program is offered for the B.A. and M.A. degrees in German Studies. Doctoral students may elect Ph.D. minors in Comparative Literature, Humanities, Linguistics, and Modern Thought and Literature.

Special collections and facilities at Stanford offer possibilities for extensive research in German Studies and related fields pertaining to Central Europe. Facilities include the Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. Special collections include the Hildebrand Collection (texts and early editions from the 16th to the 19th century), the Austrian Collection (with emphasis on source material to the time of Maria Theresa and Joseph II, the Napoleonic wars, and the Revolution of 1848), and the Stanford Collection of German, Austrian, and Swiss Culture. New collections emphasize culture and cultural politics in the former German Democratic Republic. The Hoover Institution has a unique collection of historical and political documents pertaining to Germany and Central Europe from 1870 to the present. The department also has its own reference library.

Haus Mitteleuropa, the German theme house at 620 Mayfield, is an undergraduate residence devoted to developing an awareness of the culture of Central Europe. A number of department courses are regularly taught at the house, and there are in-house seminars and conversation courses. Assignment is made through the regular undergraduate housing draw.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in German Studies

The mission of the undergraduate program in German Studies is to provide students with the German language skills, the ability to interpret literature and other cultural material, and the capacity to analyze the societies of the German-speaking countries of Central Europe. In addition, its interdisciplinary component prepares students to understand other cultures from the perspectives of multiple disciplines. The program prepares students for careers in business, social service, and government, and for graduate work in German Studies.

Learning Outcomes (Undergraduate)

The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. oral proficiency in German beyond the interpersonal level with presentational language abilities.
  2. writing proficiency in German beyond the interpersonal level with presentational language abilities.
  3. close reading skills of authentic texts in German.
  4. the ability to develop effective and nuanced lines of interpretation.

Graduate Programs in German Studies

The University requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

Learning Outcomes (Graduate)

The purpose of the master's program is to further develop knowledge and skills in German Studies and to prepare students for a professional career or doctoral studies. This is achieved through completion of courses, in the primary field as well as related areas, and experience with independent work and specialization.

The Ph.D. is conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research and analysis in German Studies. Through completion of advanced course work and rigorous skills training, the doctoral program prepares students to make original contributions to the knowledge of German Studies and to pursue career tracks in higher education and in other sectors.

German Studies and a Minor Field

Students may work toward a Ph.D. in German Studies with minors in such areas as Comparative Literature, History, Humanities, Linguistics, or Modern Thought and Literature. Students obtaining a Ph.D. in such combinations may require additional training.

Bachelor of Arts in German Studies

Majors must demonstrate basic language skills, either by completing GERLANG 1,2,3, First-Year German, or the equivalent such as an appropriate course of study at the Stanford in Berlin Center. Students also enroll in intermediate and advanced courses on literature, culture, thought, or language. A maximum of 10 Advance Placement (AP) units may be counted towards the major with the approval of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. No more than ten units may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. With the exception of GERMAN 191, which is required, all courses listed below are recommended, and substitutes are permitted with the approval of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. Students may combine a major in German Studies with a major in any other field. Relevant courses in other fields may count towards the German Studies major.

Degree Requirements

Completion of 60 units. Units earned towards the Bachelor of Arts in German Studies with honors degree may be applied to the 60 unit total.

  1. Writing in the Major (WIM Requirement):
    Units
    GERMAN 116Writing About Germany: New Topics, New Genres3-5
    GERMAN 150Masterpieces: Kafka3-5
  2. Completion of GERMAN 120A,120B, and 120C or approved substitutes:
    Units
    GERMAN 120ABerlin: Literature, History, and Politics in the 20th and 21st Centuries3-5
    GERMAN 120BFairy Tales3-5
    GERMAN 120CGerman in Public: Popular Music in Germany and Austria from 1945 to the Present3-5
  3. Completion of German Studies Core series or approved substitutes:
    Units
    GERMAN 131What is German Literature?3-5
    GERMAN 132History and Politics of the Future in Germany, 1900-Present3-5
    GERMAN 133Marx, Nietzsche, Freud3-5
  4. Senior Capstone Project:
    Units
    GERMAN 191German Capstone Project1
  5. Students must take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) two quarters prior to degree conferral. Students should contact the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer for the major to begin the process.
  6. Remaining units must be completed through elective courses approved in consultation with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. Structured Liberal Education courses and all courses taken at the Berlin Overseas campus may count toward the major electives. Thinking Matters courses approved by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies may also be counted toward the electives. Subject to approval by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, courses from other fields may count if they contribute to the student's language skills, the ability to interpret literature and other cultural material, or the capacity to analyze societies.

German and Philosophy

The German and Philosophy major option offers students the opportunity to combine studies in literature and philosophy. Students take most of their courses from departments specializing in the intersection of literature and philosophy. This option is not declared in Axess; it does not appear on the transcript or diploma. This option requires a minimum of 16 courses, for a minimum total of 65 units.

Degree Requirements

German Studies:

  1. Completion of GERMAN 116 or GERMAN 150 and two courses from the series GERMAN 120A, GERMAN 120B, and GERMAN 120C
  2. Completion of GERMAN 131,132, and 133 or approved substitutes:
    Units
    GERMAN 131What is German Literature?3-5
    GERMAN 132History and Politics of the Future in Germany, 1900-Present3-5
    GERMAN 133Marx, Nietzsche, Freud3-5
  3. GERMAN 191 German Capstone Project
  4. Students must take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) two quarters prior to degree conferral. Students should contact the undergraduate student services officer for the major to begin the process.

Philosophy:

  1. PHIL 80 Mind, Matter, and Meaning
  2. GERMAN 181 Philosophy and Literature
  3. Aesthetics, Ethics, Political Philosophy: one course from PHIL 170 series.
  4. Language, Mind Metaphysics, and Epistemology: one course from PHIL 180 series.
  5. History of Philosophy: one course in the history of Philosophy, numbered above PHIL 100.
  6. Two additional elective courses of special relevance to the study of philosophy and literature as identified by the committee in charge of the program. Students must consult with their advisers, the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, and the undergraduate adviser of the program in philosophical and literary thought.
  7. Capstone: One of the courses must be taken in the student’s senior year. When choosing courses, students must consult with their advisers, the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, and the undergraduate adviser of the program in philosophical and literary thought:
    Units
    ITALIAN 236EDante's "Purgatorio" and "Paradiso"4-5
    COMPLIT 223Literature and Human Experimentation3-5
    PHIL 194WCapstone Seminar: Literature and the Moral Imagination4

Units devoted to meeting the department’s language requirement are not counted toward the 65-unit requirement.

The capstone seminar and the two related courses must be approved by both the German Studies Chair of Undergraduate Studies and the undergraduate adviser of the program in philosophical and literary thought administered through the DLCL. Substitutions, including transfer credit, are not normally permitted for items 3b, 3c, and 3d, and are not permitted under any circumstances for items 2, 3a, and 5. Up to 10 units taken in the Philosophy Department may be taken CR/NC or S/NC; the remainder must be taken for a letter grade.

Honors

German majors with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above, and who maintain a 3.5 (GPA) in major courses, are eligible to participate in the DLCL's honors program. Prospective honors students must choose a senior thesis adviser from among their home department's regular faculty, in their junior year, preferably by March 1, but no later than May 1. During Spring Quarter of the junior year, a student interested in the honors program should consult with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies of their home department to submit a thesis proposal (2-5 pages), DLCL Honors application and an outline of planned course work for their senior year.

Honors papers vary considerably in length as a function of their topic, historical scope, and methodology. They may make use of previous work developed in seminars and courses, but display an enhanced comparative or theoretical scope. Quality rather than quantity is the key criterion. Honors theses range from 40-90 pages not including bibliography and notes. Please consult the DLCL Honors Handbook for more details on declaring and completing the honors thesis.

Honors students are encouraged to participate in the honors college hosted by Bing Honors College and coordinated by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. The honors college is offered at the end of the summer, during the weeks directly preceding the start of the academic year, and is designed to help students develop their honors thesis projects. Applications must be submitted through the Bing program. For more information, view the Bing Honors website.

Enrollment: A minimum of 10 units total, described below, and a completed thesis is required. Honors essays are due to the thesis adviser no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15th of the terminal year. If an essay is found deserving of a grade of 'A-' of better by the thesis adviser, honors are granted at the time of graduation.

  1. Spring Quarter of the junior year (optional) DLCL 189C Honors Thesis Seminar (2-4 units S/NC) under the primary thesis adviser. Drafting or revision of the thesis proposal. The proposal is reviewed by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of the department and will be approved or returned for submission.
  2. Autumn Quarter of the senior year (required) DLCL 189A Honors Thesis Seminar (4 units S/NC) taught by a DLCL appointed faculty member. The course will focus on researching and writing the honors thesis.
  3. Winter Quarter of the senior year (required) DLCL 189B Honors Thesis Seminar (2-4 units Letter grade) under the primary thesis adviser. Focus will be on writing under guidance of primary adviser. The letter grade will determine if honors is granted or not.
  4. Spring Quarter of the senior year (option; mandatory if not taken during junior year) DLCL 189C Honors Thesis Seminar (2-4 units S/NC) under the primary thesis adviser. Honors essays are due to the thesis adviser and Student Service Officer no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15th of the terminal year.
  5. Spring Quarter of the senior year (required) DLCL 199 Honors Thesis Oral Presentation (1 unit S/NC). Enroll with primary thesis adviser.

Overseas Studies and Internships in German Studies

All students who are planning to study at Stanford in Berlin or engage in an internship are encouraged to consult with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies and the Overseas Studies office about integrating work done abroad into their degree program.  Through the Center, students with at least two years of college-level German can also take courses at the Freie Universität, Technische Universität, or Humboldt Universität.  All credits earned in Berlin can be applied to the undergraduate major in German Studies.  For course descriptions and additional offerings, see the listings in the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site, or the Bing Overseas Studies web site.

Internships in Germany are arranged through the Bing Overseas Studies Program. In addition, students may consult with the department to arrange local internships involving German language use or issues pertaining to Germany or Central Europe. Returning interns who wish to develop a paper based on their experience should enroll in GERMAN 116 Writing about Germany.

Joint Major Program: German Studies and Computer Science

The joint major program (JMP), authorized by the Academic Senate for a pilot period of six years beginning in 2014-15, permits students to major in both Computer Science and one of ten Humanities majors. See the "Joint Major Program" section of this bulletin for a description of University requirements for the JMP. See also the Undergraduate Advising and Research JMP web site and its associated FAQs.

Students completing the JMP receive a B.A.S. (Bachelor of Arts and Science).

Because the JMP is new and experimental, changes to procedures may occur; students are advised to check the relevant section of the bulletin periodically.

German Studies Major Requirements in the Joint Major Program

See the "Computer Science Joint Major Program" section of this bulletin for details on Computer Science requirements.

To graduate with a joint major in Computer Science and German Studies, students must complete a minimum of 50 units. Majors must demonstrate basic language skills, either by completing GERLANG 1,2,3, First-Year German, or the equivalent such as an appropriate course of study at the Stanford in Berlin Center. Students also enroll in intermediate and advanced courses on literature, culture, thought, or language. A maximum of 10 Advance Placement (AP) units may be counted towards the major with the approval of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. No more than 10 units may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. Courses listed below are recommended. Substitutes are permitted with the approval of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. Relevant courses in other fields can count towards the German Studies major.

Degree Requirements

Completion of 50 units.

  1. Writing in the Major (WIM Requirement):
    Units
    GERMAN 116Writing About Germany: New Topics, New Genres3-5
    GERMAN 150Masterpieces: Kafka3-5
  2. Completion of GERMAN 120A,120B, and 120C or approved substitutes:
    Units
    GERMAN 120ABerlin: Literature, History, and Politics in the 20th and 21st Centuries3-5
    GERMAN 120BFairy Tales3-5
    GERMAN 120CGerman in Public: Popular Music in Germany and Austria from 1945 to the Present3-5
  3. Completion of German Studies Core series or approved substitutes:
    Units
    GERMAN 131What is German Literature?3-5
    GERMAN 132History and Politics of the Future in Germany, 1900-Present3-5
    GERMAN 133Marx, Nietzsche, Freud3-5
  4. Senior Capstone Project:
    Units
    GERMAN 191German Capstone Project1
    GERMAN 199Individual Work (Enroll in two units GERMAN 199 and preferably take concurrently with the Computer Science capstone requirement.)1-12
  5. Senior year, the student enrolls in a 2 unit independent study GERMAN 199 with a DLCL faculty member. The faculty member advising this project must sign off on this description. In order to have it approved as their capstone German Studies and Computer Science project, the student must submit a description of their project to the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in German.
  6. Students must take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) two quarters prior to degree conferral. Students should contact the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer for the major to begin the process.
  7. The remaining units needed to reach 50 units could be completed through elective courses taken in German Studies, at  the BOSP Berlin Center, or in other departments, as approved by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Structured Liberal Education courses.
  • All courses taken at the Berlin Overseas campus may count toward the major electives.
  • Thinking Matters courses approved by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies may also be counted toward the electives.
  • Subject to approval by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, courses from other fields may count if they contribute to the student's language skills, the ability to interpret literature and other cultural material, or the capacity to analyze societies.

Honors Program

Students have the option to complete the honors program for Computer Science and German Studies, by completing an honors thesis that is partially or fully integrated with Computer Science; such a thesis would fulfill both the capstone and honors requirements for this degree. Students also have the option to complete the honors program for German Studies only; such a thesis would not fulfill the capstone requirement for this degree. 

German Studies majors with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above, and who maintain a 3.5 (GPA) in major courses, are eligible to participate in the DLCL's honors program. Prospective honors students must choose a senior thesis adviser from among their home department's regular faculty, in their junior year, preferably by March 1, but no later than May 1. During Spring Quarter of the junior year, a student interested in the honors program should consult with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies of their home department to submit a thesis proposal (2-5 pages), DLCL honors application and an outline of planned course work for their senior year.

Honors papers vary considerably in length as a function of their topic, historical scope, and methodology. They may make use of previous work developed in seminars and courses, but display an enhanced comparative or theoretical scope. Quality rather than quantity is the key criterion. Honors theses range from 40-90 pages not including bibliography and notes. Consult the DLCL Honors Handbook for more details on declaring and completing the honors thesis.

Honors students are encouraged to participate in the honors college hosted by Bing Honors College and coordinated by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. The honors college is offered at the end of the summer, during the weeks directly preceding the start of the academic year, and is designed to help students develop their honors thesis projects. Applications must be submitted through the Bing program. For more information, see the Bing Honors website.

Honors essays are due to the thesis adviser no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15th of the terminal year. If an essay is found deserving of a grade of 'A-' or better by the thesis adviser, honors are granted at the time of graduation.

Declaring a Joint Major Program

To declare the joint major, students must first declare each major through Axess, and then submit the Declaration or Change of Undergraduate Major, Minor, Honors, or Degree Program. The Major-Minor and Multiple Major Course Approval Form is required for graduation for students with a joint major.

Dropping a Joint Major Program

To drop the joint major, students must submit the Declaration or Change of Undergraduate Major, Minor, Honors, or Degree Program. . Students may also consult the Student Services Center with questions concerning dropping the joint major.

Transcript and Diploma

Students completing a joint major graduate with a B.A.S. degree. The two majors are identified on one diploma separated by a hyphen. There will be a notation indicating that the student has completed a "Joint Major".  The two majors are identified on the transcript with a notation indicating that the student has completed a "Joint Major".

Minor in German Studies

The Department of German Studies offers a minor in German Studies. The minor requires at least six courses and at least 24 units of course work. 15 units must be taken in the department of German Studies or with faculty members from German Studies. GERLANG courses from the Language Center and courses at the Bing Overseas Studies Center in Berlin may be counted toward this requirement. Students may use 5 units from SLE and/or a Thinking Matters course taught by a German Studies faculty member toward their electives for the minor.  A maximum of 5 units of transfer credit may be applied with the approval of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies.  Units may not be double counted. All courses must be taken for a letter grade, except where letter grades are not offered.

Minor in Modern Languages

The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages offers a minor in Modern Languages. This minor draws on literature and language courses offered through this and other literature departments. See the “Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages” section of this bulletin for further details about this minor and its requirements.

Master of Arts in German Studies

This program is designed for those who do not intend to continue studies through the Ph.D. degree at Stanford. In order to complete the M.A. degree, students must complete a minimum of 45 units of graduate work. If students enroll for three quarters for a minimum of 15 units per quarter, they will be able to fulfill the M.A. requirements in one year. The M.A. program requires students to take the three graduate core courses  (German 320, GERMAN 321, and GERMAN 322). These courses cover texts from our core reading lists in three areas of German Studies: pre-1700. 1700-1900, and post-1900. The remaining courses may be selected by the student but they must be graduate-level courses in German and/or approved courses in related fields such as art history, comparative literature, linguistics, history, or philosophy.

M.A. candidates must take an oral examination toward the end of their last quarter. In preparation for the oral exam students are expected to compile a reading list of 60 texts comprised of:

  • 15 items from each of the three core; lists (pre-1700, 1700-1900, 1900-2000)
  • 10 items from the film/opera lists
  • 5 additional items of their own choice

This M.A. reading list must be compiled in consultation with the advisor.

Coterminal Program

Students may apply to combine programs for the B.A. and M.A. degrees in German Studies. Coterminal students in German Studies may count eligible courses taken up to one academic year before enrollment in the first graduate quarter. Students are reminded that course transfer is subject to approval of the undergraduate and graduate departments.

University Coterminal Requirements

Coterminal master’s degree candidates are expected to complete all master’s degree requirements as described in this bulletin. University requirements for the coterminal master’s degree are described in the “Coterminal Master’s Program” section. University requirements for the master’s degree are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

After accepting admission to this coterminal master’s degree program, students may request transfer of courses from the undergraduate to the graduate career to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree. Transfer of courses to the graduate career requires review and approval of both the undergraduate and graduate programs on a case by case basis.

In this master’s program, courses taken during or after the first quarter of the sophomore year are eligible for consideration for transfer to the graduate career; the timing of the first graduate quarter is not a factor. No courses taken prior to the first quarter of the sophomore year may be used to meet master’s degree requirements.

Course transfers are not possible after the bachelor’s degree has been conferred.

The University requires that the graduate adviser be assigned in the student’s first graduate quarter even though the undergraduate career may still be open. The University also requires that the Master’s Degree Program Proposal be completed by the student and approved by the department by the end of the student’s first graduate quarter.

Doctor of Philosophy in German Studies

The requirements for the Ph.D. in German Studies include:

1. Required Courses. A total of 135 units is required for the Ph.D.; doctoral candidates must complete at least one course with each member of the department. All courses counted towards the 135-unit requirement for the Ph.D. must be at the graduate level. Undergraduate courses may be taken but not used towards the Ph.D. requirements. During the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters in year one, students are required each quarter to enroll in and complete at least two graduate courses taught by German Studies faculty and submit at least one seminar paper. GERMAN 320, GERMAN 321, and GERMAN 322 are required courses for all graduate students. It is highly recommended that students take GERMAN 369 Introduction to the Profession of Literary Studies in year one. Students should take all courses for letter grades when the option is available. During the Summer Quarter, students may take a language course, or conduct research abroad, but they must also enroll in independent study units with their adviser (GERMAN 399 Individual Work) and complete a research paper.

In year two, students are required to enroll and complete one graduate course and submit one seminar paper each quarter (Autumn, Winter, Spring). It is highly recommended that students take DLCL 311 Professional Workshop in year two. During the second Summer Quarter, students enroll in independent study units (GERMAN 399 Individual Work ) with their adviser and complete a dissertation chapter or prospectus. All graduate students must participate in the German Graduate Colloquium (students may enroll in GERMAN 397 Graduate Studies Colloquium for 1 unit per quarter). For more information, see the Graduate Handbook 2017-18. 

a. First Year. Students must enroll in 10 graduate units each quarter during their first year of graduate study, including the Summer Quarter. During the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters of the first year, students should select courses that provide an introduction to the major areas of the discipline. During the Summer of the first year, students prepare a research paper on a topic from their presumed area of specialization. For more information, see the Graduate Handbook 2017-18. 

Units
GERMAN 3201-5
GERMAN 3211-5
GERMAN 322Myth and Modernity1-5
GERMAN 399Individual Work1-12
DLCL 301The Learning and Teaching of Second Languages3

b. Second Year. Students must enroll in 10 graduate units each quarter during their second year of graduate study, including the Summer Quarter. In the Autumn Quarter, students enroll in individual work with a faculty adviser to refine the research paper written over the Summer. A committee comprised of three faculty members review this qualifying paper at the end of the Autumn Quarter. In the Winter and Spring quarters, students take seminars that help them to refine their dissertation topic. During the second Summer, students prepare a draft chapter, which is presented to a faculty committee at the beginning of the Autumn Quarter. For more information, see the Graduate Handbook 2017-2018.

c. Second-year required course work: 

Units
GERMAN 399Individual Work (Autumn and Summer quarters)1-10

d. Third Year. Students who have not reached TGR status (135 units) must complete 10 units each quarter during their third year of graduate study until TGR status is achieved. 

e. Third-year required coursework:

Units
GERMAN 399Individual Work (Winter and Spring quarters)1-10

2. Qualifying Examination. Immediately following the end of classes
 in the Spring Quarter of the first year, all Ph.D. students must take their qualifying examination. This examination is designed to cover the full range of German literary history. It is based on the German Studies reading list available in the Graduate Handbook 2017-18 and builds on the core courses GERMAN 320, GERMAN 321, and GERMAN 322. Students who fail this examination may request to retake it once before October 15. A second fail of the qualifying examination results in dismissal from the Ph.D. program. 

3. Qualifying Paper Submission. Based upon summer independent study and progress in GERMAN 399 Individual Work, the Ph.D. student submits a polished research paper in Autumn Quarter of their second year. The paper must be submitted by December 1 and is reviewed by a committee of three faculty members, including the adviser, who must approve it. A qualifying paper that does not meet approval may be revised and resubmitted by February 15. A second failure to submit a paper meeting approval of the faculty readers results in dismissal from the program.

4. Candidacy. Admission to candidacy is an important decision grounded in an overall assessment of a student’s ability to successfully complete the Ph.D. program. Per University policy, students are expected to complete departmental qualifying procedures and apply for candidacy by the end of the second year in residence. In reviewing a student for admission to candidacy, the faculty considers a student’s academic progress including but not limited to: advanced language proficiency, course work, performance on the qualifying exam, the qualifying paper, and successful completion of teaching/research assistantships.

5. In addition to successful completion of department prerequisites, a student is only admitted 
to candidacy if the faculty makes the judgment that the student 
has the potential to successfully complete the requirements of the degree program. Candidacy is determined by faculty vote. Failure 
to advance to candidacy results in the dismissal of the student 
from the doctoral program. Candidacy is valid for five years and students are required to maintain active candidacy through conferral of the doctoral degree. All requirements for the degree must be completed before candidacy expires. Additional information about University candidacy policy is available in the Bulletin and GAP.

6. Dissertation Chapter Defense. Building on work in winter and spring quarters of the student’s second year, and ideally on the qualifying paper, students spend the Summer Quarter of the second year completing a draft chapter of the dissertation or a detailed preliminary dissertation prospectus. It must be discussed in a one-hour session of the reading committee at the beginning of the Autumn Quarter. The reading committee is comprised of three faculty members. At least two members of the reading committee must have primary appointments in German Studies. Students select members of the reading committee in consultation with the primary adviser. 

7. After completion of the dissertation prospectus, all students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one quarter abroad in a German-speaking country, while remaining in regular contact with their advisers.


8. Language Requirement. A reading knowledge of one language other than English and German is required. Students in Medieval Studies must also have a reading knowledge of Latin. Reading knowledge is assessed by an examination administered by the Language Center. The language requirement must be satisfied by the end of the third year. 

9. The University Oral Examination. The University oral examination in the Department of German Studies involves a defense of a substantial portion of the dissertation, normally at least three draft chapters, and takes place no later than the end of Autumn Quarter of the fifth year. The student’s work must be distributed to the committee at least four weeks before the formal University oral examination. The committee consists of the dissertation committee (three faculty members), one additional reader, plus an outside chair, selected in consultation with the primary adviser. The examination lasts no longer than two hours. It begins with a brief statement by the candidate (no longer than 15 minutes) followed by questions from the four examiners, each of whom is limited to 20 minutes. The remaining time is reserved for optional questions from the chair of the examination. Students who fail the University oral examination are allowed one opportunity to retake it. A second fail of the University oral examination results in dismissal from the Ph.D. program.


10. Submission and approval of a dissertation.


11. Teaching Assistant. The teaching requirement includes four quarters 
of language teaching during the second and third years of study and 
is mandatory for continued enrollment or support in the program. Students must also teach a fifth course which may be a language course, but they may alternatively request to teach or co-teach a literature course at a later time in the course of study, normally 
once their dissertation has reached an advanced stage, contingent
 upon department need and subject to approval of the Director of German Studies. Such teaching does not extend the length or scope 
of support. Graduate students are advised to develop skills in the teaching of literature by participating in the teaching of undergraduate courses beyond language courses. Students may enroll in independent studies with faculty members to gain experience as apprentices in undergraduate teaching.


12. Research Assistant. The department expects candidates to demonstrate research skills appropriate to their special areas of study. 

13. Graduate Studies Colloquium.Enrollment and/or participation in 
the Colloquium is mandatory for all students (students conducting research abroad are exempt). The Colloquium meets every two weeks throughout the year and involves presentation of student work and professionalization workshops.


14. German Studies Lecture Series. Regular attendance at lectures sponsored by the Department is required.

15. The principal conditions for continued registration of a graduate student are the timely and satisfactory completion of University, department, and program requirements for the degree, and fulfillment of minimum progress requirements. Failure to meet these requirements results in corrective measures, which may include a written warning, academic probation, and/or dismissal from the program.

16. Annual Review. The Department of German Studies conducts annual reviews of each student’s academic performance at the end of the Spring Quarter. All students are given feedback from the Chair
 of Graduate Studies, helping them to identify areas of strength and potential weakness. In most cases, students are simply given constructive feedback, but if more serious concerns warrant, a student may be placed on probation with specific guidelines for addressing the problems detected. At any point during the degree program, evidence that a student is performing at a less than satisfactory level may be cause for a formal academic review of that student. Possible outcomes of the annual review include: continuation of the student in good standing, or placing the student on probation, with specific guidelines for the period of probation and the steps to be taken in order to be returned to good standing. For students on probation at this point (or at any other subsequent points), possible outcomes of a review include: restoration to good standing; continued probation, with guidelines for necessary remedial steps; or dismissal from the program. 

Ph.D. Minor in German Studies

The department offers a Ph.D. Minor in German Studies.  The requirement for the Ph.D. minor is completion of 25 units of graduate course work in German Studies classes.  Interested students should consult the Director of Graduate Studies.

Faculty in German Studies

Emeriti: (Professors) Theodore M. Andersson, Gerald Gillespie, Katharina Mommsen, Kurt Müller-Vollmer, Orrin W. Robinson III

Director: Adrian Daub

Chair of Graduate Studies:  Amir Eshel

Chair of Undergraduate Studies:  Russell Berman (Autumn), Matthew Wilson Smith (Winter, Spring)

Professors: Russell A. Berman, Elizabeth Bernhardt, Adrian Daub, Amir Eshel, Kathryn Starkey (on leave)

Associate Professor: Matthew Wilson Smith

Assistant Professor: Lea Pao

Lecturers: Colleen Anderson (Mellon Fellow), Idan Gillo (Autumn), Friederike Knuepling (Winter)

Courtesy Professors: R. Lanier Anderson, Karol Berger, Michael Friedman, Hester Gelber, Thomas S. Grey, Hans U. Gumbrecht, Stephen Hinton, Norman Naimark, Thomas Sheehan, Brent Sockness, Elaine Treharne   

Courtesy Associate Professors:  Christopher Krebs, Laura Stokes, Marisa Galvez, Nadeem Hussain, Charolette Fonrobert, Brent Sockness

Courtesy Assistant Professor:  Edith Sheffer

Visiting Professors: Christian Geulen (Spring), Niklaus Largier (Autumn)

Postdoctoral Fellow: Jamele Watkins

Overseas Studies Courses in German Studies

The Bing Overseas Studies Program manages Stanford study abroad programs for Stanford undergraduates. Students should consult their department or program's student services office for applicability of Overseas Studies courses to a major or minor program.

The Bing Overseas Studies course search site displays courses, locations, and quarters relevant to specific majors.

For course descriptions and additional offerings, see the listings in the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses or Bing Overseas Studies.


Units
OSPBER 17Split Images: A Century of Cinema3-4
OSPBER 66Theory from the Bleachers: Reading German Sports and Culture3
OSPBER 70The Long Way to the West: German History from the 18th Century to the Present4-5
OSPBER 101AContemporary Theater4-5
OSPBER 115XThe German Economy: Past and Present4-5
OSPBER 126XA People's Union? Money, Markets, and Identity in the EU4-5
OSPBER 161XThe German Economy in the Age of Globalization4-5
OSPBER 174Sports, Culture, and Gender in Comparative Perspective5

Courses

GERMAN 60N. German Crime. 3 Units.

Crime is as old as humanity, as old as storytelling. Cain's murder of Abel, Antigone's burial of Polynices, Robin Hood's robbing from the rich: all of these testify to the ongoing fascination with crime and criminality, and to literature's role in policing, and probing, the boundaries of social legitimacy. This is a course about murders, break-ins, betrayals, sexual infidelity and violence, and crimes against humanity, and the ways those crimes, sometimes moral, sometimes legal, and sometimes not really even exactly criminal, teach us about German and German literature in recent centuries. Course material will include modern and classical crime fiction (Friedrich Glauser, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Jakob Arjouni, Thomas Glavinic), crime in novelistic, theatrical and poetic genres (Anna Seghers, Bertolt Brecht, Heinrich von Kleist, Friedrich Schiller), and German-language television and film (Fritz Lang's "M,"Carol Reed's "The Third Man," "Tatort"). nThis course is for students with good knowledge of German. Students without German can participate in a special section with English language material.nGerman Studies Assistant Professor Lea Pao will teach this course.

GERMAN 88. Germany in 5 Words. 3-5 Units.

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.

GERMAN 116. Writing About Germany: New Topics, New Genres. 3-5 Units.

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.

GERMAN 120A. Berlin: Literature, History, and Politics in the 20th and 21st Centuries. 3-5 Units.

This course explores the city of Berlin through key contemporary and twentieth century prose as well as poems, films, music. Class discussions will focus on Berlin as the stage for crucial events in world history. Topics include contemporary Berlin as a magnet for bohemians and hipsters, migration to Berlin, the fall of the Berlin wall, student movements and radical politics in the city, cold war Berlin, the city under National Socialism, Weimar republic, revolutionary times, and the German Empire. We will read and discuss Walter Benjamin, Rosa Luxemburg, Paul Celan, Alfred Döblin, Hans Fallada, Christa Wolf and others. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GERLANG 3 or permission of instructor.

GERMAN 120B. Fairy Tales. 3-5 Units.

At the beginning of the 19th century, when the brothers Grimm began collecting folk tales, they saw the fairy tale as a particularly authentic genre. In the process of rewriting these tales, however, they inevitably infused them with their own particular aesthetics. This course begins by tracing the romantic form elements in the fairy tales of the brothers Grimm, Goethe, Tieck, Brentano, and E.T.A Hoffmann. The course follows the increasing psychologization of dark romantic content (monsters, deamons, violence, and sex) into the realm of the sub-conscious through the 19th and into the 20th century. We will read fairy tales (Kunstmärchen) by authors such as Hofmannsthal, Ebner-Eschenbach, Storm, Kafka, Hesse, and Bernhard. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GERLANG 3 or permission of instructor.

GERMAN 120C. German in Public: Popular Music in Germany and Austria from 1945 to the Present. 3-5 Units.

In this course, we will trace the history of German and Austrian popular music from the postwar period to the present day. Key questions which we will address include: What is popular music in Germany and Austria? How do changes in popular music reflect (and sometimes contribute to) changes in society and politics in Germany and Austria? What is it that is specifically `German¿ or `Austrian¿ about their respective varieties of popular music? Topics will include post-war Schlager music, the New German Wave, the Eurovision Song Contest, Viennese musicals, East German rock, and the growth of German hip hop. No musical experience necessary! A further central focus of the course is developing students¿ German language ability. In particular, we will work on improving skills of narration, description and comparison. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GERLANG 3 or permission of instructor.

GERMAN 131. What is German Literature?. 3-5 Units.

What has it meant to be a German writer in the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburg Monarchy, Nazi Germany, or the European Union? How might we think the relation between the unity of a language (the collection of dialects variously called German) and the forms of geographic, social, and political differentiation that give rise to what we today call German literature? This course will include political satires, cosmopolitan utopias, historical dramas, and propaganda poems, among literature from a number of different genres (novels, short stories, plays, poetry), political places (Austria, Prussia, Germany, Switzerland), and historical periods from the medieval to the present. Taught in German. Prerequisite: One year of German language at Stanford or equivalent.nAssistant Professor Lea Pao will teach this course.

GERMAN 132. History and Politics of the Future in Germany, 1900-Present. 3-5 Units.

The twentieth century brought profound changes to Germany, including two World Wars, changing borders, and the division between competing Cold War ideological blocs. At the same time, the necessity to build and reshape Germany also inspired politicians, writers, and filmmakers to think about how society could be made anew. The century especially ushered in a new era for thoughts about the future. Thinkers imagined new technologies, social structures, and political orders as they dreamed about a German future that could be different from its recent past. Furthermore, this period represented a golden age of German science fiction, as authors thought about what the future could and should be.nThis class considers the possibilities that Germans imagined for the future in the face of ambiguous promises of peace and warfare, democracy and totalitarianism, and capitalism and communism. Regardless of whether these hopes, dreams, and fears came to fruition, historical visions of the future illuminate the lives of Germans during the twentieth century.nThis course will use close readings of several types of primary sources, including films, television shows, short stories, political posters, art, and newspaper articles. We will consider what different thinkers anticipated as the possibilities for the development of the country and what they saw as the driving forces of change, such as mechanics and computers, political parties, and social movements. We will discuss which advancements they thought seemed likely and which seemed fantastical. Finally, this class will investigate how the future offered a space for dissident thinkers to articulate their frustrations with state and society.

GERMAN 133. Marx, Nietzsche, Freud. 3-5 Units.

We read and discuss selections from works by the key master thinkers who have exerted a lasting influence by debunking long-cherished beliefs. Do these authors uphold or repudiate Enlightenment notions of rationality, autonomy and progress? How do they assess the achievements of civilization? How do their works illuminate the workings of power in social and political contexts? Readings and discussion in German.

GERMAN 136. Refugees, Politics and Culture in Contemporary Germany. 1-5 Unit.

Responses to refugees and immigration to Germany against the backdrop of German history and in the context of domestic and European politics. Topics include: cultural difference and integration processes, gender roles, religious traditions, populism and neo-nationalism. Reading knowledge of German, another European language, or an immigrant language will be useful for research projects, but not required.
Same as: COMPLIT 136, COMPLIT 336A, GERMAN 336

GERMAN 144. Pop Feminism: Unrest and Unease in the Contemporary Feminist Moment. 3-5 Units.

This course examines feminist reaction/expression/ to and in German and American pop culture. We will examine a feminist approach using a variety of different media, including film, music videos, and literature. We will consider the intersections of race and gender constructions, as well as the cultural aspects of each iteration of "pop." The course will be taught in English, but German-speaking students are encouraged to read in the original. nNote: This course contains sexually explicit content.
Same as: CSRE 144G, FEMGEN 144G

GERMAN 147. The Conservative Revolution. 1-5 Unit.

Rapid modernization in early twentieth-century Germany elicited various conservative criticisms, which became particularly acute after the First World War. The thinkers of the Conservative Revolution gave voice to post-Nietzschean concerns about cultural transformation, combining traditionalist and anti-traditionalist positions. Its legacy anticipates current discussions regarding post-modernity, post-democracy, and the impact of technological change. Texts by authors such as: Jünger, Heidegger, Hofmannsthal, Borchardt, Mann, Arendt, Marcuse. Taught in English.
Same as: GERMAN 347

GERMAN 150. Masterpieces: Kafka. 3-5 Units.

This class will address major works by Franz Kafka and consider Kafka as a modernist writer whose work reflects on modernity. We will also examine the role of Kafka's themes and poetics in the work of contemporary writers.
Same as: COMPLIT 114, JEWISHST 145

GERMAN 157. What kind of Information is Poetry. 1-5 Unit.

"Only a fool reads poetry for facts": To read a poem with the same fact-seeking attention required by using a dictionary, reading a newspaper article, or following a recipe is, perhaps, foolish. But if it is, it is so only because it means the reader has not understood what a poem is supposed to do. Consider Wittgenstein's famous warning: "Do not forget that a poem, even though it is composed in the language of information, is not used in the language-game of giving information." A poem, even though it is made of the same (kinds of) words as information, ought not to be treated as information (the sentence seems to say). Distinct in their respective functions, poetry and information form two ends of an opposition: one for the creative possibilities for human expression, the other for the practical and mechanical tasks of everyday life.nBut what really "is" information? Has poetry not, since the beginning of time, also functioned as vehicle for storing, quantifying, and communicating things¿from historical events, the law, to agricultural manuals, just as "informational" texts do? How has the emergence of technological media in our so-called Information Age altered, reinforced, or revolutionized the place of poetry in the realm of human communication?nThese questions will motivate this course, which is also a general introduction to poetry and poetics. We will closely read German texts from the Musipilli to digital-born poetry, and secondary material from thinkers and theorists such as Schlegel, Schleiermacher, Benjamin, Wittgenstein, Flusser, and Bense, to learn how various methods of reading and literary criticism - from formalism and structuralism to Digital Humanities approaches - have developed alongside something like "information" as literary quality and social form.nAssistant Professor Lea Pao will teach this course.
Same as: GERMAN 357

GERMAN 165. Afro-German Art Forms. 3-5 Units.

The past few years has seen a growth in scholars investigating the complex identities and histories of Black/Afro-Germans. While other groups in the African Diaspora have one common story (i.e. slavery in the context of the Americas), the same cannot be said for Afro-Germans. Their stories are varied and cannot be explained with one narrative. nnThis course seeks to introduce students to varied Afro-German voices and experiences through literature, film, and theory. Students in this course can expect to:n- develop skills in literary, art and performance analysisn- weigh the historical, political, social, cultural and ideological aspects of race in Germanyn- think about the way Afro-Germans complicate German national identityn- recognize contributions of Afro-GermansnThis course will be taught in English, but German-speaking students are encouraged to read in the original.

GERMAN 170. Theodor W. Adorno: History, Aesthetics, Catastrophe. 3-5 Units.

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) was one of the most influential German thinkers of the 20th century. This seminar aims to introduce students to Adorno's varied oeuvre, from his contributions to the critique of culture, his theory of history, his re-thinking of Hegelianism and Marxism, to his contributions to aesthetics. We will also consider Adorno's various intellectual forebears, collaborators and interlocutors (Hegel, Marx, Lukács, Horkheimer, Habermas). All texts and discussions are in English. Undergraduates welcome.
Same as: COMPLIT 170, COMPLIT 370, GERMAN 370

GERMAN 175. CAPITALS: How Cities Shape Cultures, States, and People. 3-5 Units.

This course takes students on a trip to eight capital cities, at different moments in time: Renaissance Florence, Golden Age Madrid, Colonial Mexico City, Enlightenment and Romantic Paris, Existential and Revolutionary St. Petersburg, Roaring Berlin, Modernist Vienna, and bustling Buenos Aires. While exploring each place in a particular historical moment, we will also consider the relations between culture, power, and social life. How does the cultural life of a country intersect with the political activity of a capital? How do large cities shape our everyday experience, our aesthetic preferences, and our sense of history? Why do some cities become cultural capitals? Primary materials for this course will consist of literary, visual, sociological, and historical documents (in translation); authors we will read include Boccaccio, Lope de Vega, Sor Juana, Montesquieu, Baudelaire, Dostoyevsky, Irmgard Keun, Freud, and Borges. Note: To be eligible for WAYS credit, you must take the course for a minimum of 3 Units and a Letter Grade.
Same as: COMPLIT 100, DLCL 100, FRENCH 175, HISTORY 206E, ILAC 175, ITALIAN 175, URBANST 153

GERMAN 181. Philosophy and Literature. 5 Units.

Required gateway course for Philosophical and Literary Thought; crosslisted in departments sponsoring the Philosophy and Literature track. Majors should register in their home department; non-majors may register in any sponsoring department. Introduction to major problems at the intersection of philosophy and literature, with particular focus on the question of value: what, if anything, does engagement with literary works do for our lives? Issues include aesthetic self-fashioning, the paradox of tragedy, the paradox of caring, the truth-value of fiction, metaphor, authorship, irony, make-believe, expression, edification, clarification, and training. Readings are drawn from literature and film, philosophical theories of art, and stylistically interesting works of philosophy. Authors may include Sophocles, Chaucer, Dickinson, Proust, Woolf, Borges, Beckett, Kundera, Charlie Kaufman; Barthes, Foucault, Nussbaum, Walton, Nehamas; Plato, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Sartre. Taught in English.
Same as: CLASSICS 42, COMPLIT 181, ENGLISH 81, FRENCH 181, ITALIAN 181, PHIL 81, SLAVIC 181

GERMAN 191. German Capstone Project. 1 Unit.

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.

GERMAN 199. Individual Work. 1-12 Unit.

Repeatable for Credit. Instructor Consent Required.

GERMAN 222. Myth and Modernity. 1-5 Unit.

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: To be eligible for WAYS credit, you must take GERMAN 222 or COMPLIT 222A for a minimum of 3 Units and a letter grade.
Same as: COMPLIT 222A, GERMAN 322

GERMAN 230. Medieval and Early Modern German Literature. 1-5 Unit.

In this seminar we will read and discuss a number of key medieval texts: Henry Suso's <em>Exemplar</em>, Mechthild of Magdeburg's <em>Flowing Light of the Godhead</em>, Wolfram of Eschenbach's <em>Parzival</em>, Gottfried of Strassburg's <em>Tristan and Isolde</em>, and a selection of Minnesang poems. The focus of the discussion will lie on the significance of image, allegory, and imagination in medieval poetics. nMaterials will be provided for the Suso, Mechthild, and Minnesang sections of the course. Books to buy: Wolfram, Parzival, and Gottfried, Tristan (recommended for both: bilingual Reclam editions).
Same as: GERMAN 330

GERMAN 231. German Literature (1700-1900). 1-5 Unit.

How the literature of the period between 1750 and 1900 gives voice to new conceptions of selfhood and articulates the emergent self understanding of modernity. Responses to unprecedented historical experiences such as the French Revolution and the ensuing wars, changes in the understanding of nature, the crisis of foundations, and the persistence of theological motifs. Lessing, Herder, Goethe, Schiller, Holderlin, Kleist, Heine, Buchner, Keller, and Fontane. Taught in English, readings in German.
Same as: GERMAN 331

GERMAN 232. German Literature 3: Modernity and the Unspeakable. 1-5 Unit.

Masterpieces of German literature, drama, and film from the first half of the 20th century. Particular focus on modernism and the crisis of language. What urgent truths (whether psychological, political, spiritual, or sexual) cannot be expressed, and how do art and dreams attempt to speak the unspeakable? Readings and viewings include works by Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Freud, Wedekind, Mann, Musil, Kafka, Toller, Höch, Rilke, Schoenberg, Riefensthal, Benjamin, and Brecht. Taught in English.
Same as: GERMAN 332

GERMAN 248. Vox Populi: Populism and its Origins. 1-5 Unit.

This seminar traces the proliferation of populism in contemporary Europe and the United States, with reference to the historical background of of anti-institutional and anti-representational ideas of popular sovereignty. Subjects include: the notion of 'vox populi' from the early middle ages to the early modern period; ideas of radical democracy in the enlightenment era; 19th century notions of identifying 'the people' (nation, 'Volk', class, race, mass); the populist, reform and volkish movements around 1900; the rise of fascist and totalitarian ideas of popular sovereignty; the struggle over the meaning of democracy in the Cold War era; semantic transformations of 'the popular' through the audio-visual media; and the rise of today's populism since 1989. The material to be analyzed will consist of 1. Primary sources (programs, manifests, pamphlets, speeches and propaganda material including visual sources); 2. Contemporary theoretical texts (political philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, and popular science); and 3. Today's theories and practices of populism.nProfessor Christian Geulan will teach this course.
Same as: GERMAN 348

GERMAN 267. Prospects for Transatlantic Relations: Globalization and its Discontents. 1-2 Unit.

Between the Brexit vote and the German elections in September, Europe has been grappling with issues of great significance for relations with the US. This seminar will explore how the rise of populism puts pressure on Atlanticism especially with regard to shared values, international trade and immigration. Other topics, such as security will also be addressed. This course involves participation in an international conference during October and the preparation of individual research papers.nMeeting times: This seminar will meet from 9:00 to 11:00am in room 260-252 on Monday, October 23, Wednesday, October 25 and Friday, October 27, 2017.
Same as: GERMAN 367

GERMAN 275. Outer Space Exploration in Germany in the Twentieth Century. 1-5 Unit.

Since the nineteenth century, Germans, like their counterparts around the world, have considered the meaning and the role of humanity in outer space. As space travel developed from a dream to a reality, and as Germany changed borders and political systems among empires, dictatorships, socialist states, and capitalist states, German interest in spaceflight remained, although the meaning found in the stars changed dramatically. This course considers Germans' dreams of and predictions for outer space travel alongside German technological developments in spaceflight. It includes the different German states throughout the century, including Weimar Germany, National Socialism, East Germany, and West Germany. The course looks at science fiction films and novels, newspaper reports, scientific developments, and German space engineering projects, which together demonstrate how and why space travel often found high levels of support in Germany. Students will engage in historical and cultural analysis through course readings, discussions, and assignments.nNOTE: To be eligible for WAYS credit, you must take this course for a minimum of 3 units and a letter grade.
Same as: HISTORY 237G

GERMAN 319. Modern Theatre. 1-5 Unit.

Modern theatre in Europe and the US, with a focus on the most influential works from roughly 1880 to the present. What were the conventions of theatrical practice that modern theatre displaced? What were the principal innovations of modern playwriting, acting, stage design, and theatrical architecture? How did modern theatrical artists wrestle with the revolutionary transformations of the modern age? Plays by Büchner, Ibsen, Strindberg, Shaw, Chekhov, Wilde, Wedekind, Treadwell, Pirandello, Brecht, O¿Neill, Beckett, Smith, Parks, and Nottage.
Same as: TAPS 119, TAPS 319

GERMAN 322. Myth and Modernity. 1-5 Unit.

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: To be eligible for WAYS credit, you must take GERMAN 222 or COMPLIT 222A for a minimum of 3 Units and a letter grade.
Same as: COMPLIT 222A, GERMAN 222

GERMAN 330. Medieval and Early Modern German Literature. 1-5 Unit.

In this seminar we will read and discuss a number of key medieval texts: Henry Suso's <em>Exemplar</em>, Mechthild of Magdeburg's <em>Flowing Light of the Godhead</em>, Wolfram of Eschenbach's <em>Parzival</em>, Gottfried of Strassburg's <em>Tristan and Isolde</em>, and a selection of Minnesang poems. The focus of the discussion will lie on the significance of image, allegory, and imagination in medieval poetics. nMaterials will be provided for the Suso, Mechthild, and Minnesang sections of the course. Books to buy: Wolfram, Parzival, and Gottfried, Tristan (recommended for both: bilingual Reclam editions).
Same as: GERMAN 230

GERMAN 331. German Literature (1700-1900). 1-5 Unit.

How the literature of the period between 1750 and 1900 gives voice to new conceptions of selfhood and articulates the emergent self understanding of modernity. Responses to unprecedented historical experiences such as the French Revolution and the ensuing wars, changes in the understanding of nature, the crisis of foundations, and the persistence of theological motifs. Lessing, Herder, Goethe, Schiller, Holderlin, Kleist, Heine, Buchner, Keller, and Fontane. Taught in English, readings in German.
Same as: GERMAN 231

GERMAN 332. German Literature 3: Modernity and the Unspeakable. 1-5 Unit.

Masterpieces of German literature, drama, and film from the first half of the 20th century. Particular focus on modernism and the crisis of language. What urgent truths (whether psychological, political, spiritual, or sexual) cannot be expressed, and how do art and dreams attempt to speak the unspeakable? Readings and viewings include works by Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Freud, Wedekind, Mann, Musil, Kafka, Toller, Höch, Rilke, Schoenberg, Riefensthal, Benjamin, and Brecht. Taught in English.
Same as: GERMAN 232

GERMAN 336. Refugees, Politics and Culture in Contemporary Germany. 1-5 Unit.

Responses to refugees and immigration to Germany against the backdrop of German history and in the context of domestic and European politics. Topics include: cultural difference and integration processes, gender roles, religious traditions, populism and neo-nationalism. Reading knowledge of German, another European language, or an immigrant language will be useful for research projects, but not required.
Same as: COMPLIT 136, COMPLIT 336A, GERMAN 136

GERMAN 347. The Conservative Revolution. 1-5 Unit.

Rapid modernization in early twentieth-century Germany elicited various conservative criticisms, which became particularly acute after the First World War. The thinkers of the Conservative Revolution gave voice to post-Nietzschean concerns about cultural transformation, combining traditionalist and anti-traditionalist positions. Its legacy anticipates current discussions regarding post-modernity, post-democracy, and the impact of technological change. Texts by authors such as: Jünger, Heidegger, Hofmannsthal, Borchardt, Mann, Arendt, Marcuse. Taught in English.
Same as: GERMAN 147

GERMAN 348. Vox Populi: Populism and its Origins. 1-5 Unit.

This seminar traces the proliferation of populism in contemporary Europe and the United States, with reference to the historical background of of anti-institutional and anti-representational ideas of popular sovereignty. Subjects include: the notion of 'vox populi' from the early middle ages to the early modern period; ideas of radical democracy in the enlightenment era; 19th century notions of identifying 'the people' (nation, 'Volk', class, race, mass); the populist, reform and volkish movements around 1900; the rise of fascist and totalitarian ideas of popular sovereignty; the struggle over the meaning of democracy in the Cold War era; semantic transformations of 'the popular' through the audio-visual media; and the rise of today's populism since 1989. The material to be analyzed will consist of 1. Primary sources (programs, manifests, pamphlets, speeches and propaganda material including visual sources); 2. Contemporary theoretical texts (political philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, and popular science); and 3. Today's theories and practices of populism.nProfessor Christian Geulan will teach this course.
Same as: GERMAN 248

GERMAN 357. What kind of Information is Poetry. 1-5 Unit.

"Only a fool reads poetry for facts": To read a poem with the same fact-seeking attention required by using a dictionary, reading a newspaper article, or following a recipe is, perhaps, foolish. But if it is, it is so only because it means the reader has not understood what a poem is supposed to do. Consider Wittgenstein's famous warning: "Do not forget that a poem, even though it is composed in the language of information, is not used in the language-game of giving information." A poem, even though it is made of the same (kinds of) words as information, ought not to be treated as information (the sentence seems to say). Distinct in their respective functions, poetry and information form two ends of an opposition: one for the creative possibilities for human expression, the other for the practical and mechanical tasks of everyday life.nBut what really "is" information? Has poetry not, since the beginning of time, also functioned as vehicle for storing, quantifying, and communicating things¿from historical events, the law, to agricultural manuals, just as "informational" texts do? How has the emergence of technological media in our so-called Information Age altered, reinforced, or revolutionized the place of poetry in the realm of human communication?nThese questions will motivate this course, which is also a general introduction to poetry and poetics. We will closely read German texts from the Musipilli to digital-born poetry, and secondary material from thinkers and theorists such as Schlegel, Schleiermacher, Benjamin, Wittgenstein, Flusser, and Bense, to learn how various methods of reading and literary criticism - from formalism and structuralism to Digital Humanities approaches - have developed alongside something like "information" as literary quality and social form.nAssistant Professor Lea Pao will teach this course.
Same as: GERMAN 157

GERMAN 367. Prospects for Transatlantic Relations: Globalization and its Discontents. 1-2 Unit.

Between the Brexit vote and the German elections in September, Europe has been grappling with issues of great significance for relations with the US. This seminar will explore how the rise of populism puts pressure on Atlanticism especially with regard to shared values, international trade and immigration. Other topics, such as security will also be addressed. This course involves participation in an international conference during October and the preparation of individual research papers.nMeeting times: This seminar will meet from 9:00 to 11:00am in room 260-252 on Monday, October 23, Wednesday, October 25 and Friday, October 27, 2017.
Same as: GERMAN 267

GERMAN 369. Introduction to the Profession of Literary Studies. 1-2 Unit.

A survey of how literary theory and other methods have been made institutional since the nineteenth century. The readings and conversation are designed for entering Ph.D. students in the national literature departments and comparative literature.
Same as: COMPLIT 369, DLCL 369, FRENCH 369, ITALIAN 369

GERMAN 370. Theodor W. Adorno: History, Aesthetics, Catastrophe. 3-5 Units.

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) was one of the most influential German thinkers of the 20th century. This seminar aims to introduce students to Adorno's varied oeuvre, from his contributions to the critique of culture, his theory of history, his re-thinking of Hegelianism and Marxism, to his contributions to aesthetics. We will also consider Adorno's various intellectual forebears, collaborators and interlocutors (Hegel, Marx, Lukács, Horkheimer, Habermas). All texts and discussions are in English. Undergraduates welcome.
Same as: COMPLIT 170, COMPLIT 370, GERMAN 170

GERMAN 384. The Nervous Age: Neurosis, Neurology, and Nineteenth-century Theatre. 1-4 Unit.

The nineteenth century witnessed profound developments in neurological and psychological sciences, developments that fundamentally altered conceptions of embodiment, agency, and mind. This course will place these scientific shifts in conversation with theatrical transformations of the period. We will read nineteenth-century neuropsychologists such as Charles Bell, Johannes Müller, George Miller Beard, Jean-Martin Charcot, and Hippolyte Bernheim alongside artists such as Percy Shelley, Georg Büchner, Richard Wagner, Émile Zola, and August Strindberg. NOTE: Only for German Studies PhD students.

GERMAN 397. Graduate Studies Colloquium. 1 Unit.

Colloquium for graduate students in German Studies. Taught in English. May be repeat for credit.

GERMAN 399. Individual Work. 1-12 Unit.

Repeatable for Credit. Instructor Consent Required.

GERMAN 802. TGR Dissertation. 0 Units.

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