Previous Semesters

Fall 2010 Graduate Courses

16:470:502:01     Teaching Apprenticeship in German (1.5 credits)      
Alternating Th, 172 College Ave, 2nd Fl. Library      

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.

16:470:625:01     What's so great about Goethe? (in English) (3 credits)
cross listed with Comparative Literature 16:195:605      
M 4:30-7:10pm, Professor Martha Helfer

Close reading of Goethe's works against the cultural, historical, and political background of his time. Selected poems, plays, and prose. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical reading and writing skills. The course is open to advanced undergrads with the permission of the instructor.

16:470:670:01     Folklore (in German) (3 credits)      
W 4:30 - 7:10pm, Professor 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.

16:470:672:01    German Film from 1945-present (in English) (3 credits)
cross listed with Comparative Literature (16:195:609:01)
T 4:30 - 7:10pm, Professor Fatima Naqvi

In this course, we will look at a variety of feature films by Fassbinder, Wenders, Herzog, Haneke, Schl├Ândorff, von Trotta, Tykwer, Ruzowitzky (among others), and focus on issues of guilt, remembrance, gender, homeland, and national self-fashioning in the wake of World War II. How does the Second World War and its legacy inflect these films? What socio-political and economic factors influence the private and collective identities that these films articulate? How do the predominant concerns shift with the passage of time? Readings of classical film theory (Kracauer, Benjamin, Metz, Barthes, Doane, Mulvey) and current scholarship on German film (Kaes, Rentschler, Elsaesser, Santner, Kuzniar, Gem├╝nden).