German/Interdisciplinary (GRIN)

GRIN 226  Fairy Tales from Grimm to Disney 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): WRIT 105 or HONP 100 or GERM 112. This course examines the oral roots and multimedia afterlife of German fairy tales documented by the Brothers Grimm in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Depending on the instructor’s background, folk tales from different national traditions can be added to the curriculum. Core fairy tale themes and motifs will be discussed, as will later treatments of the narrative material, and theoretical approaches to understanding fairy tales from structuralist, psychoanalytical, feminist, and poststructuralist perspectives. After in-depth analysis of the Grimm fairy tales, the course explores Romantic literary fairy tales by Ludwig Tieck and E.T.A. Hoffmann, as well as twentieth-century appropriations of the fairy tales. Concluding discussions will engage with the pressing question of how contemporary individuals can mobilize these multiform cultural tales to help establish new social roles and identities. Meets Gen Ed - Great Works and their Influences. Cross listed with GERM 226. 3 hours lecture.

GRIN 250  Selected Topics in German Literature and Culture 3 Credits


Exploration of a timely topic or significant area of German literature or culture. The specific topic will be announced at the appropriate time before registration begins. May be repeated twice for a maximum of 9.0 credits. 3 hours lecture.

GRIN 291  Scandinavian Existentialism: The Literary Tradition 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GNHU 115 or GNHU 151 or WRIT 105 or HONP 100. A study of the dominant tradition in Scandinavian literature that emerged in the wake of Kierkegaard's penetrating critique of German Romanticism. This course will consider the tension between fantasy and reality that informs the works of such writers as H.C. Andersen, J.P. Jacobsen, Ibsen, Strindberg, Hamsun, Lagerlof, Isak Dinesen, M.A. Hansen, Par Lagerkvist, Eyvind Johnson, and Harry Martinson. (Taught in English.) 3 hours lecture.

GRIN 292  German Literature 1890-Present 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GNHU 115 or GNHU 151 or WRIT 105 or HONP 100. The principal movements discernible in German literature since the end of the 19th century. Works representative of important authors and basic genres and trends. No knowledge of German is required. Taught in English. 3 hours lecture.

GRIN 295  German Expressionism 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GNHU 115 or GNHU 151 or WRIT 105 or HONP 100. Various aspects of German expressionism, encompassing roughly the period between the two world wars; the political and social climate of the Weimar republic; literature, painting, sculpture, and music, and the film of that era; defining expressionism as a specific historical period as well as a perennial stylistic device. Taught in English. 3 hours lecture.

GRIN 325  Nazi Cinema and Propaganda 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): JAST 201, GNHU 201, GNHU 202 or departmental approval. A discussion and analysis of films made during the Third Reich, against the background of the history and politics of National Socialist Germany, this course examines the special role film played for the propagandistic apparatus of the Nazis. It discusses fascist aesthetics, representations of the Holocaust, and the fascination for the Nazis and their imagery in contemporary pop culture. Cross-listed with Religion, JAST 325, and Classics and General Humanities, GNHU 325. 3 hours lecture.