Germanic Languages | German Culture Studies II
G564 | 5823 | Rasch


TR 2:30-3:45
Topic: Germany and the World Wars

The purpose of this course is to examine historical, fictional, and
filmic representations of the two world wars that consumed Germany
(and Europe) during the first half of the 20th century.  The
inclination will be to look at the two wars as a unity; thus, in
addition to representations of the Western Front 1914-1918, we will
focus on the inter-war years as a time of coming to terms with and
making meaning out of the First World War as well as preparation for
what might have been seen as the inevitability of a next war.  For
World War II, we will focus on attempts to represent the immediacy of
battle, bombings, and atrocities.  Such representations, of course,
are not made without their political and ideological perspectives,
reflecting the perceived needs of post-war German society, so
throughout the course we will also be concerned with the politics of
representation as such.  (Note: The Holocaust will only be
tangentially discussed.  The focus of the course will be on those
aspects of the “German Wars” not usually dealt with in courses.
Reading knowledge of German is essential.)

English language books will be available in the bookstore.  Please
order German books directly from IBIS (www.ibiservice.com; 1-800-277-4247)


Anonym:	Eine Frau in Berlin
Eichhorn……………………3821847379

Dagerman, Stig:	Deutscher Herbst
Suhrkamp……………………3518019244

Jünger, Ernst: Der Arbeiter			
Klett…………………………3608950222

Ledig, Gert: Die Stalinorgel
Suhrkamp……………………3518399624

Nossack, Hans: 	Der Untergang
Suhrkamp……………………3518015230

Remarque, Erich: Im Westen nichts Neues
Kiepenheuer & Witsch………346202731X