West European Studies | Special Topics in West European Studies: German Film and Popular Culture
W406 | 10934 | Breger, C

Permission required.  3 cr.  1:00PM-2:15PM, TR, Room TBA and 5:45PM-
8:00PM, W, Room TBA.
Obtain on-line permission from department.
Above section meets with GER-G418.
Above section carries Culture Studies credit.

The course focuses on contemporary Germany. We will discuss various
aspects of post-unification film and popular culture, including the
so-called "Generation Golf" (apparently disinterested in everything
but drugs and other consumer goods), East-West conflicts
and "Ostalgie" (= nostalgia for East Germany), as well as different
minority cultures (Turkish-German, queer etc.). One of the central
questions of the course will be how "German" identities are
articulated today - in the midst of a process of globalization which
is haunted by conflicting memories of German history.

We will watch a variety of films and thus have a regular
filmshowing. In addition to the films, we will discuss some ("pop")
literature, music, and aspects of material culture. Assignments for
this class include a class presentation, two academic papers and one
creative group project, probably the shooting of a film.

Required reading materials:

Jana Hensel: Zonenkinder. Rowohlt 2002 (ISBN 3499235323).
Florian Illies: Generation Golf. Fischer 2001 (ISBN 3596150655).
A course reader, available through the campus bookstore.