University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Graduate Courses in German (GERM)

GERM 201 - Methods Research&Bibliography
Introduction to tools and methods of research, including major bibliographical sources, reference works, dictionaries, editions, and journals concerned with German literature, language, and folklore. Prerequisite: Two 100-level courses.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 202 - Expository Writing
Improvement of writing skills through work with authentic texts from different content areas (literature, media, science, business). Emphasis on stylistic development and sophisticated vocabulary-building. Prerequisite: Two 100-level courses.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 213 - History of the German Language
Historical and linguistic development of the German language from Indo-European to the present, emphasizing sound shifts, the 16th century, and the modern age. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156; one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 214 - Middle Ages
Analysis and discussion of several "Minnesang" poets (esp. Walther and Neidhart), the Nibelungenlied, the courtly epics Erec, Parzival, and Tristan, and the satirical epic Helmbrecht. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156; one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 225 - Goethe
Study of Goethe's accomplishments in poetry, drama, and the novel during major phases of his literary career: "Sturm und Drang," Classicism, and Romanticism. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 226 - Schiller
Major attention will be paid to Schiller's development as a dramatist (from Die Rauber to Wilhelm Tell) as well as to his contributions to German Classicism. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 237 - 19th-Century Prose
Literary and stylistic analysis of prose works by Tieck, Kleist, Stifter, Gotthelf, Droste-Hulshoff, Storm, Keller, and Hauptmann with emphasis on Romanticism, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 247 - German Lit from 1890 to 1945
Naturalism, Symbolism, Expressionism and subsequent trends through readings of authors such as Hauptmann, Rilke, Kaiser, Kafka, Mann, and Brecht. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 248 - Contemporary German Literature
Literary movements and their major representatives from 1945 to the present, including relevant sociopolitical, intellectual, and cultural aspects. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 251 - German Folklore
Verbal folklore genres (fairy tales, legends, folk songs, and proverbs) treated in their relation to literature, mass media, and popular culture. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 263 - German Romanticism
Study of major works by authors such as Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis, Brentano, Hoffmann, and Eichendorff in their literary, artistic, philosophical, and sociopolitical contexts. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 271 - Proverbs
Diachronic and synchronic survey of German proverbs, proverbial expressions, and wellerisms, emphasizing their use and function in literature, art, mass media, advertisements and oral communication. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 273 - German Intellectual Movements
A survey of developments in art, music, philosophy, and social thought from the Enlightenment to 1945, with particular attention to their impact on German literature. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 275 - Fin-de-Siecle
Prevalent literary and intellectual movements at the turn of the 20th century in their historical, sociopolitical, and cultural contexts. Study of Nietzsche, Freud, Rilke, Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, and Mann. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 276 - Brecht & the Modern Drama
Brecht's revolutionary concept of "epic theatre" in theory and practice and its influence on subsequent dramatists, including Durrenmatt, Frisch, Handke, Hochhuth, Muller, and Weiss. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 279 - German Short Story after 1945
Aesthetic and thematic evolution of the short story and its relation to historical, political, and cultural developments from 1945 to the present. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 281 - Sem in Lit Genre,Period,Theme
Study of a literary genre, period, or theme through close readings of representative texts supplemented by lectures and reports on sociocultural context. May be repeated. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 282 - Sem on Particular Author
Study of author(s) through close readings of representative texts supplemented by lectures and reports on the works' socio-cultural context. May be repeated. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.00
GERM 295 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
GERM 296 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
GERM 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1.00 to 12.00