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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
  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: 99 German Songs3-5
  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  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
    ENGLISH 163DShakespeare: The Ethical Challenge3-5
    FRENCH/ITALIAN 286Poetry and Philosophy3-5
    PHIL 194ZCapstone: Misanthropy and Literature4
    COMPLIT 253Hannah Arendt: Facing Totalitarianism3-5

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 Program

Students majoring in any DLCL department (i.e., Comparative Literature, French and Italian, German Studies, Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and Slavic Languages and Literatures) who have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above and who maintain a 3.5 (GPA) in their 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 theses 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 to 90 pages not including bibliography and notes. Consult the DLCL Honors Handbook for more details on declaring and completing the thesis.

Honors students are encouraged to participate in the DLCL program hosted by Bing Honors College. This DLCL Honors College is designed to help students develop their projects and is offered at the end of the summer.  Applications must be submitted through the Bing program. For more information, view the Bing Honors web site.

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 15, 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.

  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. Course focuses 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 is on writing under guidance of primary adviser.  The letter grade will determine if an honor 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 services officer no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15 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.

The honors thesis in the DLCL embodies Stanford's excellence in course work and research. It is simultaneously one element of the student’s intellectual legacy and part of the University's official history. The faculty considers the honors thesis to be far more than a final paper; rather, it is the product of solid research that contributes to conversations taking place within a larger scholarly community and representative of the intellectual vitality of the discipline. For all of these reasons, DLCL honors theses will be visible to future scholars researching similar questions through full online access through the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) and may be used as course materials for future Stanford honors preparatory courses. For similar purposes, a printed copy may also be kept in DLCL spaces. The DLCL has adopted an opt-out practice. Students who wish to limit the availability or formats in which the thesis may be shared may do so by filling out the appropriate form with the DLCL student affairs officer.

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
  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: 99 German Songs3-5
  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 6 courses of 3 units or more and at least 24 units of course work. 15 units must be taken in the subject code of GERMAN or with faculty members from German Studies. GERLANG courses of 3 units or more from the Language Center and courses of 3 units or more at the Bing Overseas Studies Center OSPBER 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 330, GERMAN 331, 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 330, GERMAN 331, 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 330Foreignness: Defining the Self and Other in Medieval German Literature1-5
GERMAN 331German Literature (1700-1900)1-5
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 330, GERMAN 331, 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.

Graduate Advising Expectations

The Department of German Studies is committed to providing academic advising in support of graduate student scholarly and professional development. When most effective, this advising relationship entails collaborative and sustained engagement by both the
adviser and the advisee. As a best practice, advising expectations should be periodically discussed and reviewed to ensure mutual understanding. Both the adviser and the advisee are expected to maintain professionalism and integrity.

Faculty advisers guide students in key areas such as selecting courses, designing and conducting research, developing of teaching pedagogy, navigating policies and degree requirements, and exploring academic opportunities and professional pathways.

Graduate students are active contributors to the advising relationship, proactively seeking academic and professional guidance and taking responsibility for informing themselves of policies and degree requirements for their graduate program.

For a statement of University policy on graduate advising, see the "Graduate Advising" section of this bulletin.

Faculty in German Studies

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

Director: Kathryn Starkey

Chair of Graduate Studies: Amir Eshel

Chair of Undergraduate Studies: Russell A. Berman

Professors: Russell A. Berman (also Comparative Literature), Elizabeth Bernhardt-Kamil, Adrian Daub (also Comparative Literature), Amir Eshel (also Comparative Literature), Matthew Wilson Smith (on leave), Kathryn Starkey

Assistant Professor: Lea Pao

Lecturers: Uli Brückner (Winter), Colleen Anderson (Mellon Fellow)

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

Courtesy Associate Professors: Christopher Krebs, Laura Stokes, Marisa Galvez, Nadeem Hussain, Charlotte Fonrobert

Courtesy Assistant Professor: Edith Sheffer

Visiting Professor: Norbert Frei (Spring)

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 71EU in Crisis4-5
OSPBER 101AContemporary Theater5
OSPBER 126XA People's Union? Money, Markets, and Identity in the EU4-5
OSPBER 174Sports, Culture, and Gender in Comparative Perspective5

Courses

GERMAN 13Q. Humanities Core: Great Books, Big Ideas -- Europe, Modern. 3-4 Units.

This three-quarter sequence asks big questions of major texts in the European and American tradition. What is a good life? How should society be organized? Who belongs? How should honor, love, sin, and similar abstractions govern our actions? What duty do we owe to the past and future? This third and final quarter focuses on the modern period, from the rise of revolutionary ideas to the experiences of totalitarianism and decolonization in the twentieth century. Authors include Locke, Mary Shelley, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Weber, Primo Levi, and Frantz Fanon. N.B. This is the third of three courses in the European track. These courses offer an unparalleled opportunity to study European history and culture, past and present. Take all three to experience a year-long intellectual community dedicated to exploring how ideas have shaped our world and future. Students who take HUMCORE 11 and HUMCORE 12Q will have preferential admission to HUMCORE 13Q (a WR2 seminar).
Same as: DLCL 13Q, HUMCORE 13Q

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 75N. Famous Last Words. 3 Units.

What would you say if you knew it would be the last thing you would ever say? Who would you want to hear your words? Would you want to inspire somebody? Terrify them? Shout your defiance or your love in their direction?nThis is a course about last words the final utterances left as legacies for the world in the face of revolution, war, betrayal, heartbreak, or that simplest of endings, death. We will look at a wide variety of last words, including last words codified as genres¿quotations, suicide notes, epitaphs, dying declarations, Japanese death poems, confessions, and the like as literary devices (last sentences, envois, punch lines, epilogues), and as forms of social or cultural practice (the making of heroes, idols, and martyrs in religious, political, and popular culture). We will look at fictional last words, real last words, last words spoken by heroes, gods, and ordinary people. And we will end the course, each of us, by writing out our own last words imagining what we each would write, if we had to sum up what mattered most to us, and if we wanted some small selection of signs to stand in, as it has for many of the authors we will read, for our life and the legacy of it.

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.
Same as: GERMAN 101

GERMAN 97. 10 Poems That Will Change Your Life. 3-5 Units.

This course is for anyone who has ever been afraid of poetry, anyone who has ever thought that poems are too difficult to understand, a course for anyone who has fallen in love with poetry before, and for anyone who has used a poem to make a difference in someone's life. You will learn how to read, understand, and if you don't already like poetry. We will read poems from different centuries, different kinds of writers, and different media (paper, computer screens, and even DNA); they will be about loss and love and war and loyalty and bacteria. Some of them will be about you. You will develop interpretive skills that come with this range of poetic forms and structures and will learn how to think about what it means for something to be poetic, whether it is a poem, a Leonard Cohen song, a last minute field goal, or a toilet. Can the poems in this class really change your life? (What would that even mean? We'll discuss.) Maybe; maybe not. But they're certainly going to try.

GERMAN 101. 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.
Same as: GERMAN 88

GERMAN 109. The End of Europe (as we know it) - Germany and the Future of the European Union. 3-5 Units.

Europe is struggling with the impact of the sovereign debt crisis of the Eurozone, mass migration, political extremism and xenophobia, external and internal security challenges, as well as political and social needs for reform to mention only some of the most pressing problems. The European Union, a project of an ever closer union of European states with currently 28 members started with the promise to provide peace, stability and prosperity. This narrative attracted new members in five enlargement rounds since the 1970s while today Eurosceptic parties, separatist movements as well as internal and external critics of the EU question the European integration project as such. nnThe course starts with the narrative of the success story of European integration and its achievements. This is followed by an analysis of current crises and future problems. In a third step we will discuss consequences and strategies to deal with challenges for Europe as a whole, as well as the EU and its members in particular. The course will follow ongoing debates within and outside of the EU. It includes global reflections on the state European situation and it makes comparisons with responses to similar challenges in other parts of the world.

GERMAN 111. The End of the Western World (as we know it): German Responses to Global Challenges. 3-5 Units.

Germany defines its foreign policy being based on two pillars: being a part of an integrated Europe and belonging to the Western World. For decades, America and Europe have remained closely connected politically, economically, and culturally. This close working relationship, however, now risks coming to an end, or getting substantially weakened. When asked to identify his "biggest foe globally right now," President Trump put the European Union on the list, along with China and Russia. Not only deeds but already words have far reaching consequences for Germany in a number of respects. The course addresses the question whether "The Western World" is coming to an end and discusses root causes and possible implications. As the course unfolds, we will cover a number of timely topics, including the future of NATO and why multilateralism matters, how an open society can survive the rising tide of populism, how migration is changing demographics and politics on both sides of the Atlantic, and the prospects for finding political solutions to climate change. We will even address German and European approaches to dealing with digitization and the protection of private data. The course will be discussion based, and include a number of illuminating studies; our goal is to increase students' understanding of the major challenges facing the decades-old American-European alliance and how Germany is dealing with them. Students will need no prior knowledge of Germany and the European Union. Knowledge of the American perspective is welcome but not required.

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.

In this course, we will explore the fairy tale genre both from a systematic and historical perspective. We will start by asking how fairy tales differ from other short prose texts like legends and fables. We will then focus on bigger themes allowing us to discern differences within this literary form, namely: the fantastic and the real, motif constancy and variation, narration and orality, animality and the human. Over the course of the seminar, we will not only delve into the world-famous folk tale collection of the Grimm brothers, but also the more stylized Romantic `Kunstmärchen¿ tradition (Goethe, Brentano, Hoffmann). Examples from the later 19th-century (Keller, Storm) and the 20th century (Hofmannsthal, Kafka, Döblin, Bachmann) demonstrate attempts to reformulate the fairy tale tradition by transgressing its boundaries. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GERLANG3 or permission of instructor.

GERMAN 120C. German in Public: 99 German Songs. 3-5 Units.

Explore Germany in 99 songs -- Marlene Dietrich to Kraftwerk, Schubert to Nena. A class to hum along to! Taught in German.

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

"What do the words "German" and "Germany" signify, and how have they changed since the first text in German was written down in the 8th century? What has it meant to read and write in German in the Middle Ages, the Early Modern period, 18th century Weimar, the Napoleonic Wars, Nazi Germany, or the GDR? How can ideas, stories, and poetry from the past be made meaningful for our understanding of our present? This course will approach these questions by giving a brief survey of the evolution, forms, genres, and periods of German literature. Students will read and discuss short literary masterpieces from the "Hildebrandslied" to the poetry of Bertolt Brecht. nThe course follows the chronology of German literature. The single sessions will focus on the ideas most characteristic for the period in question: What is "German"?; Courtly Love and Christian Culture; Reformation and Innovation; Enlightenment and Reason; The Notion of the "Classic"; Exploring Emotion; Nationhood and Revolution; The Aesthetics of Modernism; War and Exile; Division and Reunification. Taught in German.nPrerequisite: One year of German language at Stanford or equivalent.

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 141. The Magic Mountain: Your Travel Guide to a Great Novel. 1-3 Unit.

In this course, students will read their way through one of the great German novels, Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg, 1924) an epic stock-taking of European thought and sensibility between the world wars. Students will meet and discuss the novel weekly, each time under the guidance of a different tour guide Stanford faculty, superfans and professors from other institutions. No final paper, no readings other than the novel required. All readings in German (though an English translation will be made available), class discussion in English.

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 155. Global Black Feminism. 3-5 Units.

Students will examine the long history of Black feminists in a variety of international spaces (including Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and the U.S). Students will see how these international spaces have informed the ideology of many Black feminists. In particular, students will read from Miss Mary Seacole, Mary Church Terrell, Audre Lorde, May Ayim, Angela Davis, and many more.
Same as: AFRICAAM 155J

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.
Same as: AFRICAAM 165G, CSRE 165I

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

This course takes students on a trip to major 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, Dante, Sor Juana, Montesquieu, Baudelaire, Gogol, Irmgard Keun, Freud, and Borges. Note: To be eligible for WAYS credit, you must take the course for a Letter Grade.
Same as: COMPLIT 100, DLCL 100, FRENCH 175, HISTORY 206E, ILAC 175, ITALIAN 175, URBANST 153

GERMAN 181. Philosophy and Literature. 3-5 Units.

What, if anything, does reading literature do for our lives? What can literature offer that other forms of writing cannot? Can fictions teach us anything? Can they make people more moral? Why do we take pleasure in tragic stories? This course introduces students to major problems at the intersection of philosophy and literature. It addresses key questions about the value of literature, philosophical puzzles about the nature of fiction and literary language, and ways that philosophy and literature interact. Readings span literature, film, and philosophical theories of art. Authors may include Sophocles, Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Proust, Woolf, Walton, Nietzsche, and Sartre. Students master close reading techniques and philosophical analysis, and write papers combining the two. This is the required gateway course for the Philosophy and Literature major tracks. Majors should register in their home department.
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 213. Medieval Germany, 900-1250. 1-5 Unit.

(Undergraduates may sign up for GERMAN 213 or HISTORY 213F, graduate students should sign up for GERMAN 313 or HISTORY 313F. This course may be taken for variable units. Check the individual course numbers for unit spreads.) This course will provide a survey of the most important political, historical, and cultural events and trends that took place in the German-speaking lands between 900 and 1250. Important themes include the evolution of imperial ideology and relations with Rome, expansion along the eastern frontier, the crusades, the investiture controversy, the rise of powerful cities and civic identities, monastic reform and intellectual renewal, and the flowering of vernacular literature.
Same as: GERMAN 313, HISTORY 213F, HISTORY 313F

GERMAN 216. Visual Culture in Modern Germany. 1-5 Unit.

Modern Germany is filled with stunning examples of visual culture. Weimar films, postwar design, comic books, and satirical magazines stand out as particularly engaging materials for studying Germany since unification. But how do we approach visual material, and what can it illuminate that we cannot uncover in written sources? Through class discussions, readings, and assignments, students will refine their skills in working with visual material. Students with and without a background in visual material are welcome. Taught in English; no knowledge of modern Germany is required.
Same as: GERMAN 316

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. WAYS 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. Note for German Studies grad students: GERMAN 322 will fulfill the grad core requirement since GERMAN 332 is not being offered this year.
Same as: COMPLIT 222A, GERMAN 322, JEWISHST 242G, JEWISHST 342

GERMAN 230. Foreignness: Defining the Self and Other in Medieval German Literature. 1-5 Unit.

Race, class, gender, and sexuality are generally considered key categories for understanding our identity in modern society. But how did people in the Middle Ages define themselves and others? In this course we will survey medieval and early modern German literature, looking at ways in which people grappled with cultural difference and the increasingly global society in which they lived. Topics will include national identity, gender, Jews, pagans, monsters, travel, and crusade. In addition to acquiring a foundation in medieval German literature (800-1600), students will learn to think critically about social identities and the ways in which we make sense of cultural difference. Some course materials are only available in German.
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 241. African Americans in Germany. 1-5 Unit.

In this class, we will wrestle with the question: How have African Americans understood their experiences with race outside of the United States? African Americans have been migrating and circulating the globe for centuries, and it is only recently that scholars have considered the ways in which an abroad experience has been transformative for African Americans. In this seminar style class, we will explore why and how African Americans have used their experiences in Germany to express a new understanding of their Black identity in the United States. We will also explore processes of oversexualization, stereotyping, and translation (of Black culture in Germany) in addition to interrogating the politics of identity in our examination of Blackness in Europe. Taught in English. NOTE: This course must be taken for a minimum of 3 units and a letter grade to be eligible for Ways credit.
Same as: AFRICAAM 241J

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. nNote: The course will be taught by Visiting Professor Christian Geulen, University of Koblenz, Germany.
Same as: GERMAN 348, HISTORY 238K, HISTORY 338K

GERMAN 249. Nazi Morality: The Ethics of Racism and the Question of Guilt after 1945. 1-5 Unit.

While the moral perversion of the "Third Reich" is beyond question, recent scholarship has explored the Nazi "belief system" and its legacy. This seminar first examines new research on the National Socialists' concept of the "Volksgemeinschaft" (people's community) and its political and social applications. In addition, the consequences of this Nazi "Weltanschauung" in post-war Germany will be examined. Special attention to how German intellectuals and politicians approached the issue of "German Guilt" after 1945, as well as how popular discourse engaged in the critique of an alleged Allied concept of "collective guilt." nNote: The course will be taught by Visiting Professor Norbert Frei, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany.
Same as: GERMAN 349

GERMAN 253. Hannah Arendt: Facing Totalitarianism. 3-5 Units.

Like hardly any other thinker of the modern age, Hannah Arendtss thought offers us timeless insights into the fabric of the modern age, especially regarding the perennial danger of totalitarianism. This course offers an in-depth introduction to Arendt's most important works in their various contexts, as well as a consideration of their reverberations in contemporary philosophy and literature. Readings include Arendt's <em>The Origin of Totalitarianism</em>, <em>The Human Condition, Between Past and Future</em>, <em>Men in Dark Times</em>, <em>On Revolution</em>,<em>Eichmann in Jerusalem</em>, and <em>The Life of the Mind</em>, as well as considerations of Hannah Arendt's work by Max Frisch, Jürgen Habermas, Seyla Benhabib, Judith Butler, Giorgio Agamben, and others. Special attention will be given to Arendt's writings on literature with emphasis on Kafka, Brecht, Auden, Sartre, and Camus.
Same as: COMPLIT 253, JEWISHST 243A

GERMAN 256. Thomas Bernhard. 1-5 Unit.

This is a course about the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard, his work, and his time.
Same as: GERMAN 356

GERMAN 267. Prospects for Transatlantic Relations: What Holds the West Together?. 1-2 Unit.

This seminar treats disintegration tendencies in the trans-Atlantic West, including the impact of China and Russia in globalization and north-south issues inside the EU. 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 22, Wednesday, October 24 and Friday, October 26, 2018.
Same as: GERMAN 367

GERMAN 270. Sovereignty and the Limits of Globalization and Technology. 3-5 Units.

Current opposition to globalization is emerging in many countries in the various forms of populism, restrictive trade policies, protest parties and localism, accompanied by appeals to national interests and cultural traditions. At stake is the reassertion of state sovereignty against market processes and internationalist claims. This seminar explores the tensions between state and market, their cultural contexts, new technologies, and the importance of community belonging. Readings include texts by authors such as Marx, Nietzsche, Schmitt, Strauss, Girard, Lasch, Bloom, Appiah. Student research projects on contemporary topics. NOTE: To be considered for enrollment in this course, please complete and submit this short application by October 19, 2018, 11:59pm PST. Students accepted to participate in this course will be notified on October 26, 2018 by 6:00pm. Auditors are not permitted.nLink to application: http://web.stanford.edu/~conorato/german270.fb.

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 281. G.W.F. Hegel: System, History, Dialectics. 1-5 Unit.

This course is intended to introduce students to the study of G.W.F. Hegel. The seminar will read several of Hegel's central works and discuss his reception in the later 19th and 20th century.

GERMAN 288. Perceval. 1-5 Unit.

The story of Perceval's quest for the Holy Grail is one of the most famous stories of revelation and self-discovery in the Western world. In this course we will read and discuss the foundational medieval sources of this legend by Chrétien de Troyes and Wolfram von Eschenbach. Students are invited to incorporate others versions of the story into their assignments (e.g., Wagner's Parsifal, The Fisher King) . All texts and discussions are in English. Undergraduates welcome.
Same as: GERMAN 388

GERMAN 313. Medieval Germany, 900-1250. 1-5 Unit.

(Undergraduates may sign up for GERMAN 213 or HISTORY 213F, graduate students should sign up for GERMAN 313 or HISTORY 313F. This course may be taken for variable units. Check the individual course numbers for unit spreads.) This course will provide a survey of the most important political, historical, and cultural events and trends that took place in the German-speaking lands between 900 and 1250. Important themes include the evolution of imperial ideology and relations with Rome, expansion along the eastern frontier, the crusades, the investiture controversy, the rise of powerful cities and civic identities, monastic reform and intellectual renewal, and the flowering of vernacular literature.
Same as: GERMAN 213, HISTORY 213F, HISTORY 313F

GERMAN 316. Visual Culture in Modern Germany. 1-5 Unit.

Modern Germany is filled with stunning examples of visual culture. Weimar films, postwar design, comic books, and satirical magazines stand out as particularly engaging materials for studying Germany since unification. But how do we approach visual material, and what can it illuminate that we cannot uncover in written sources? Through class discussions, readings, and assignments, students will refine their skills in working with visual material. Students with and without a background in visual material are welcome. Taught in English; no knowledge of modern Germany is required.
Same as: GERMAN 216

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. WAYS 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. Note for German Studies grad students: GERMAN 322 will fulfill the grad core requirement since GERMAN 332 is not being offered this year.
Same as: COMPLIT 222A, GERMAN 222, JEWISHST 242G, JEWISHST 342

GERMAN 330. Foreignness: Defining the Self and Other in Medieval German Literature. 1-5 Unit.

Race, class, gender, and sexuality are generally considered key categories for understanding our identity in modern society. But how did people in the Middle Ages define themselves and others? In this course we will survey medieval and early modern German literature, looking at ways in which people grappled with cultural difference and the increasingly global society in which they lived. Topics will include national identity, gender, Jews, pagans, monsters, travel, and crusade. In addition to acquiring a foundation in medieval German literature (800-1600), students will learn to think critically about social identities and the ways in which we make sense of cultural difference. Some course materials are only available in German.
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 343. World War Two: Place, Loss, History. 5 Units.

A consideration of how the Second World War still goes on today in the form of haunted absences and vivid representations. Studying literature and art in detail, the seminar will center on some of the places where those absences and representations gather: Portbou, Pearl Harbor, Auschwitz, Guadalcanal, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Rome, Omaha Beach, Peleliu, Monte Cassino, Hollywood. Writers and artists include: James Jones, Georges Didi-Huberman, Walter Benjamin, Eduardo Cadava, W.G. Sebald, Rachel Whiteread, Ingeborg Bachman, Wis¿awa Szymborska, Eugene Sledge, Hans Erich Nossack, Jorie Graham, Gerhard Richter, Dani Karavan, Tom Lea, W. Eugene Smith, Val Lewton, and Terrence Malick.
Same as: ARTHIST 401, COMPLIT 343

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. nNote: The course will be taught by Visiting Professor Christian Geulen, University of Koblenz, Germany.
Same as: GERMAN 248, HISTORY 238K, HISTORY 338K

GERMAN 349. Nazi Morality: The Ethics of Racism and the Question of Guilt after 1945. 1-5 Unit.

While the moral perversion of the "Third Reich" is beyond question, recent scholarship has explored the Nazi "belief system" and its legacy. This seminar first examines new research on the National Socialists' concept of the "Volksgemeinschaft" (people's community) and its political and social applications. In addition, the consequences of this Nazi "Weltanschauung" in post-war Germany will be examined. Special attention to how German intellectuals and politicians approached the issue of "German Guilt" after 1945, as well as how popular discourse engaged in the critique of an alleged Allied concept of "collective guilt." nNote: The course will be taught by Visiting Professor Norbert Frei, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany.
Same as: GERMAN 249

GERMAN 356. Thomas Bernhard. 1-5 Unit.

This is a course about the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard, his work, and his time.
Same as: GERMAN 256

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: What Holds the West Together?. 1-2 Unit.

This seminar treats disintegration tendencies in the trans-Atlantic West, including the impact of China and Russia in globalization and north-south issues inside the EU. 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 22, Wednesday, October 24 and Friday, October 26, 2018.
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 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 388. Perceval. 1-5 Unit.

The story of Perceval's quest for the Holy Grail is one of the most famous stories of revelation and self-discovery in the Western world. In this course we will read and discuss the foundational medieval sources of this legend by Chrétien de Troyes and Wolfram von Eschenbach. Students are invited to incorporate others versions of the story into their assignments (e.g., Wagner's Parsifal, The Fisher King) . All texts and discussions are in English. Undergraduates welcome.
Same as: GERMAN 288

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 680. Curricular Practical Training. 1-3 Unit.

CPT course required for international students completing degree. nPrerequisite: German Studies Ph.D candidate.

GERMAN 802. TGR Dissertation. 0 Units.

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