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1 Proposal: number 49

49. GERM 041/041W: Masterpieces of German Literature

Contact:Christa Spreizer
Abstract:This course satisfies the Reading Literature (RL) and European Traditions (ET)
requirements of PLAS. In this course we will analyze a range of important works
of German literature in translation from the early modern age to the present.
The student will be exposed to a variety of literary genres dealing with
different historical and cultural topics from different literary periods. While
reading these primary literary texts in translation, we will take into account
the cultural and historical context in which they were written and compare how
readers of different times and cultures, including the present, may come to
certain interpretations about the work in question. In a larger context, we
will investigate how literature figures into local, national and international
dialogues on such Western civilization concepts as the individual and society,
and become aware of the need for interpretative tools in our complex, everyday
lives. Through close readings of primary texts, and formal and informal
classroom discussions, we will engage students in active inquiry regarding the
nature of reading and interpreting literature in society and culture. The
specific works to be considered will vary from semester to semester and will be
announced in advance. This course may be taken more than once for credit
provided the topic is different. It may be designated a writing intensive
course.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
GERM 041 2008-08-28 RL Submitted Dept
GERM 041 2008-08-28 ET Submitted Dept
GERM 041 2008-09-03 RL Approved GEAC
GERM 041 2008-09-03 ET Approved GEAC
GERM 041 2008-09-11 RL Approved UCC
GERM 041 2008-09-11 ET Approved UCC
GERM 041 2008-10-02 RL Approved Senate
GERM 041 2008-10-02 ET Approved Senate
GERM 041W 2008-08-28 RL Submitted Dept
GERM 041W 2008-08-28 ET Submitted Dept
GERM 041W 2008-09-03 RL Approved GEAC
GERM 041W 2008-09-03 ET Approved GEAC
GERM 041W 2008-09-11 RL Approved UCC
GERM 041W 2008-09-11 ET Approved UCC
GERM 041W 2008-10-02 RL Approved Senate
GERM 041W 2008-10-02 ET Approved Senate