Previous Semesters

Spring 2009 Graduate Courses

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

16:470:661:01     Folklore in German Literature (in German) (3 credits)      
M 4:30 - 7:10
Prof. Marlene Ciklamini

Archetypal patterns, motifs, figures in folklore, Sage, folksong, hagiography, and sources in pagan and biblical tradition as a basis for study of adaptations and interpretations in literary works of various genres and periods to the present.

16:470:670:01     Derrida, the German, the Jew (in English) (3 credits)
cross listed with Comparative Literature (16:195:617:01) and Philosophy (16:730:645:01)
T 4:30 - 7:10
Prof. Willi Goetschel

Derrida situates his thought interestingly in a dialogue with German Jewish philosophers like Mendelssohn, Cohen, Rosenzweig, but also Marx, Freud, Celan, and others. This course examines the particular importance of the German Jewish connection in Derrida. Readings will also include texts by Franz Rosenzweig and Emmanuel Levinas.

16:470:671:01     Women Writers of the Post-War Period: Bachmann, Jelinek, Haushofer, Mayroecker (in German) (3 credits)
cross listed with Comparative Literature (16:195:609:01)
W 4:30 - 7:10
Prof. Fatima Naqvi

This course will examine the works of Austrian women writers of the post-1945 period. While we will focus on the Nobel-prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, we will also look at her predecessors, Ingeborg Bachmann and Marlen Haushofer, and her contemporary Friederike Mayröcker. Issues we will discuss include the relationship of fascism to gender, the possibility of an “écriture féminine,” mourning work, and the role of art in the public sphere. Our interest will also turn to the stylistic experiments of the three writers and their relationship to the Austrian literary avant-garde and post-dramatic theater.