Area of Concentration Requirements

GERMAN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE COURSES OFFERED IN LAST 5 YEARS

 

The concentration in German Studies/ German language and literature at New College begins with a two-year, four semester sequence (four full-semester courses) or the equivalent:  

FOUR-SEMESTER LANGUAGE SEQUENCE:

  • Elementary German I
  • Elementary German II
  • Intermediate German I
  • Intermediate German II

For students who have either completed the above sequence or the equivalent:

THIRD-YEAR BRIDGE COURSE:

  • German Conversation and Composition (theme-based course: literature, film, culture)

ADVANCED GERMAN:

After the third-year bridge course, students must take at least three (3) Advanced German courses. Some past courses in Advanced German include:

  • Current Events
  • Berlin Metropolis: City as Text
  • Afro-German Autobiography
  • Heinrich von Kleist’s Novellas in Text and Film: „Erdbeben in Chili“ and „Die Marquise von O“.
  • Integration, Cultural Clash, and the New Germany
  • Representations of the “Third World” in German Literature
  • Individual and/or group tutorials in advanced language skills, German literature in the original, and cultural topics; particularly recommended for thesis preparation

GERMAN LITERATURE & CULTURE COURSES IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION

In addition to the curriculum in German language and literature in the original, there is usually one course each semester on a German Studies topic that is accessible to students with no background in the language. Students must take at least five (5) courses taught in English translation. Some courses include: 

  • Black, White, and German: Afro-Germans and German Identity
  • Women and Seduction in English, French, and German Bourgeois Drama
  • Through the Looking-Glass: “Snow White” in Text and Film
  • Straying from the Path: “Red Riding Hood” in Text and Film
  • Protest Cultures of East and West Germany
  • Transnational Perspectives in Holocaust Memory
  • German Family Memory Novels & Autobiographies
  • The Berlin Wall in German Literature, Film, and Music
  • Group tutorials: “Hansel and Gretel,” “Bluebeard,” and “Sleeping Beauty”

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