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Fall 2009 Graduate Courses

16:470:502:01     Teaching Apprenticeship in German (1.5 credits)      
Alternating Th 4:30 - 6:30pm
Dr. Silke Wehner-Franco

The Teaching Apprenticeship in German is designed to give you the opportunity to discuss topics surrounding the practice of German language teaching today in the context of the courses offered at Rutgers. To that end, we will utilize a number of readings from current journals and publications as well the text Perspectives on Learning in light of your teaching experience this semester. In addition to the readings outlined below and distributed during the semester, each participant is also asked to conduct one presentation/discussion (approx. one hour) based on a particular chapter of the text and to submit a short research paper (5-7 pages) that evaluates the learning theory's application in German language courses. Finally, each participant will schedule one class observation and post-observation meeting at some point during the semester.

16:470:523:01    Romanticism (In English) (3 credits)      
Cross-listed with Comparative Literature (16:195:608:01)
M 4:30-7:10pm
Professor Martha Helfer

An in-depth study of the literature and theory of German Romanticism. In particular, we will analyze the structure and function of gender in Romantic poetics, and trace important filiations to contemporary gender theory. Works by Friedrich Schlegel, Dorothea Veit Schlegel, Novalis, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Kleist, Tieck, Eichendorff, and Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. Readings available in English translation; discussion in English.

16:470:520:01     Literature of the Middle Ages (in German) (3 credits)      
T 4:30 - 7:10pm
Prof. Marlene Ciklamini

The classical courtly romances, Hartmann von Aue’s Erec and Íwein, Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan and Isolde, Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, will be situated within the European literary, political and social context. Each author, Wolfram humorously, if defiantly, acknowledges a deep or abiding influence of French literature. Nevertheless, their visions of courtly life are also so highly individualistic that they are often at variance with each other.

Emphasis will be on oppositional or idiosyncratic visions of the courtly world and on the structural and stylistic shaping of the narrative as dictated, or influenced, by an idealistic and critical view of life in the realm of King Arthur and by the authors’ training. A correlative area will be literary criticism, explicit and implicit, within Gottfried’s and Wolfram’s opera. This will include the reception of French literary models and of courtly topoi, the adaptation of typological thought prominent in learned and ecclesiastical circles, as well as critical evaluations of the works and their influence, in part or in toto, by their predecessors and contemporaries.

16:470:670:01   Analytic Crossings: Literature and Psychoanalysis (in English) (3 credits) 
cross listed with Comparative Literature (16:195:611:01)
W 4:30 - 7:10pm, Prof. Michael Levine

This course is offered in conjunction with the fall 2009 lecture series "Analytic Crossings" organized by Professors Levine and Naqvi. As a way of marking the 100th anniversary of Freud's historic visit to the United States, the series will reflect on a number of related issues including: the "translation" of Freud's work in the US American context; the English-language translations of his writing; the figure of translation within it; and, more generally, the interdisciplinary crossings to which psychoanalysis has given place. The lecture series that will include such world-renowned critics, analysts and translators as Klaus Theweleit, Michael Rohrwasser Alan Bass, and Cathy Caruth.

The graduate seminar "Analytic Crossings: Literature and Psychoanalysis" taught by Professor Levine will give students the opportunity to read texts written or suggested by our guests. The seminar will provide a thread of continuity, helping students to prepare for the lectures and giving them a chance to respond in an ongoing manner afterwards. Readings include texts by Freud and post-Freudian analysts; works of literature, film and popular culture; literary criticism; philosophy; trauma and translation theory.

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