16 July 2016
Times and places - German culture and history in the mirror of literature, film and art
The focus of historical events in Germany is without doubt in Berlin. In this seminar, we will examine which changes the city went through as a cultural metropolis from the end of the 19th century up to today. The focus is directed, primarily, on the perception of historical and social developments in Berlin as they were formulated by authors and artists during the respective periods - in times of the Prussian-German Wilhelmism, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, in the stages of division and after reunification.
Determining basic political and aesthetic positions, we will use the following set of questions as a guideline for the discussion of the selected texts: (1). The influence of technology and urban development on art and literature, (2). Positions on political and social functions of art, (3). The city as a space of competing conceptions of national identity, (4). Berlin between the fronts during the Cold War and (5) as a multicultural metropolis after reunification. In addition, excursions to museums and documentation centres offer the possibility to experience the town in its present and historical dimensions and to deepen acquired impressions and knowledge.
Dr. Anja Richter
The seminar is aimed at students from different disciplines who are interested in literature, film, art, and the history of Germany from 1871 to today. Apart from the language requirements below, participants are not required to have any special knowledge.
Language ability: at least intermediate German (level B2)
Regular and active participation: 30%
Two short essays (500 words = approx. 2 pages): 25%
Presentation (about 15 minutes: 20% (the presentations are intended to provide an introduction to a seminar’s topic, an opportunity to ask questions, formulate arguments, and stimulate discussion about it. Presentation topics will be assigned in the first week.)
Term paper (6-8 pages): 25%
EUR 1350: Tuition
EUR 250: Program fee