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GER 201 A - German Popular Culture

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Introduction to the study of modern and contemporary german culture through examining examples of popular culture from the late-eighteenth century to the present. Looks at texts and films as a mirror and critique of modern German society. Topics to be discussed: nationalism, gender, ethnicity, minority cultures, Jewish life in Germany, German images of other cultures, etc. Course taught in English.

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German Popular Culture Tales of Horror This course explores tales of horror through some of their most spellbinding creatures and fantasies in a period ranging from the genre-s anti-Enlightenment beginnings through German Expressionism to New German Cinema. We will consider the historical or political context and the psychoanalytical underpinnings in each horrific tale and we will pay close attention to the ways these texts and films establish, safeguard or release their horrific kernels. We will hold these conversations with an eye to developing a critical approach to the way the entertainment industry supports the status quo. The writings of Sigmund Freud will be central to the class. Authors range from Ludwig Tieck and the Brothers Grimm to ETA Hoffmann and Franz Kafka. Filmic contributions range from classics of Expressionist cinema like Lang-s Metropolis and Murnau-s Nosferatu to Herzog-s late-70s remake of the latter. We will end by analysing the Netflix series Dark.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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