Spring 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will examine some of the most significant literary works written in the period of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933). In addition, it will pay attention to the cultural- political forces that shaped the artistic imagination of the time and to the formative influences that preceeded this era. It will undertake this study by relying mostly on primary sources, such as novels short stories, poems, plays, essays, confessions, films, and the art work of creative writers, poets, artists, and critics of art. This approach will allow us to gain insight into the artistic and intellectual achievement that characterized the literature and culture of the Weimar Republic, and the cultural and intellectual tensions and transitions making themselves felt in Germany before and during World War I, including the disillusionment following the war, the polarization of the country's culture, and the major social, political, and ideological upheavals taking place in Germany during the 1920s and early 1930s.
Hans Fallada, Little Man, What Now? ISBN Number 978-1933633640 (2009 Edition)
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front, IBSN Number 978-0449213940
Eberhard Kolb, The Weimar Republic, IBSN Number 978-09415344425
Hans Richter, Dada Art and Anti-Art,IBSN Number 978-9780500200391
Peter Gay, Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider, IBSN Number 978-978-0393322392
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain, IBSN Number 978-0679772873
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Regulat class attendance; participation in class discussions; one class presentation, and one research paper (12-14 pages), which would be suitable for one of the portfolio essays.