Courses

Graduate Seminars for Fall 2019

Content for Fall 2019

202A (4) Early Modern. Tennant
TBA.


German 204 (2) Kompaktseminar. Koschorke
Gelehrte, Publikum und Pöbel. Zur Geschichte der politischen und literarischen Öffentlichkeit

Mit der Digitalen Revolution sind neue Kommunikationsweisen entstanden, während etablierte Formen der öffentlichen Meinungsbildung an Bedeutung verlieren. Vielfach wird dieser Prozess als Verlust oder doch Fragmentierung von Öffentlichkeit beschrieben. Das bietet Anlass, sich nach den sozial- und kulturgeschichtlichen Rahmenbedingungen umzusehen, unter denen die heute als bedroht angesehene bürgerliche Öffentlichkeit entstand. Wir werden zu diesem Zweck klassische Texte wie Jürgen Habermas’ Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit im Licht neuerer ein­schlägiger Arbeiten zum 18. Jahrhundert, insbesondere von Heinrich Bosse, rekapitulieren. Der Bogen wird aber noch weiter zu spannen sein und von den Anfängen der print culture in der Re­formationszeit bis zu den Utopien und Dystopien des Internet reichen. Besondere Aufmerk­sam­keit soll, angelehnt an Forschungen von Frank Ruda und Roman Widder, der Trennungs­geschichte von „Publikum“ und „Pöbel“ gewidmet werden.  Von den Teilnehmern wird erwartet, dass sie sich auf derartige historische Sondierungen ein­lassen. Sie sind zugleich eingeladen, ihre eigenen Medienpraktiken in die Seminardiskussion ein­zubringen und im Dialog mit der Erarbeitung historischer Befunde zu reflektieren. Ein detaillier­ter Syllabus wird rechtzeitig vor Beginn des Seminars bereitgestellt.

Primärtexte u.a.:
Immanuel Kant, Beantwortung der Frage: Was ist Aufklärung? (1793)

Friedrich Schiller, Die Schaubühne als eine moralische Anstalt betrachtet (1784)

-, Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen, in einer Reihe von Briefen (1795)

Einschlägige Forschungsliteratur:
Jürgen Habermas, Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit. Untersuchungen zu einer Kategorie der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft. 5. Auflage Neuwied/Berlin 1971 [1962]

Richard Sennett, Verfall und Ende des öffentlichen Lebens. Die Tyrannei der Intimität. Neuauflage Berlin 2008 [1977]

Heinrich Bosse, Bildungsrevolution 1770-1830. Heidelberg 2012

Heinrich Bosse, Der Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit im 18. Jahrhundert. In: LiLi 47 (2017), S. 505-523

Frank Ruda, Hegels Pöbel: Eine Untersuchung der »Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts«. Konstanz 2011

Roman Widder, Streit, Infamie, Hass. Figuren der Kritik im Fragmentenstreit. In: Jürgen Brokoff / Robert Walter-Jochum (Hg.), Hass/Literatur. Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Beiträge zu einer Theorie- und Diskursgeschichte. Bielefeld 2019 [im Erscheinen].

NOTE: this class only meets for 5 Fridays from 09/06-10/04/2019!


German 207 (4) Methods.  Feldman
This graduate seminar is intended to introduce students to the following areas of study: Germanistik as a discipline in Germany and its counterparts in the USA; literary theory; and basic elements of professional academic writing, including genres other than the seminar paper.


German 263C (4) Poetry and Thought.  Kudszus
This seminar examines the interrelationship of poetic and (anti-)philosophical discourses, with an emphasis on roles and functions of language. Questions of style and writing will interconnect different genres of poetry and thought. The seminar will explore a tradition in which poetic thought and highly reflexive poetry approach and at times merge with each other. Individual projects will reflect the varying interests of the participants.


German 265/Film 240 (4) Film Theory Kaes
Image and Power.  The research seminar addresses the changing status and function of the image from the invention of photography to present-day Instagram culture. Focusing on photography as the paradigmatic medium of technical image production, the seminar will examine theoretical questions that are central for any analysis of modern visual culture, including film, television, and the Internet.  How do we define an image, and how do images define us? What kind of work do images do within a specific media-historical milieu? How do images produce or challenge power relations in society? We will examine concepts such as indexicality and representation; identity, ideology, and affect; memory and trauma, as well as new powers of manipulation in the age of digital image-making and artificial intelligence.  Our discussions will be guided by media-theoretical writings of Giorgio Agamben, Ariella Azulay, Walter Benjamin, Hans Belting, Roland Barthes, Judith Butler, Gilles Deleuze, James Elkins, Vilém Flusser, Michel Foucault, Martin Heidegger, Siegfried Kracauer, J.T. Mitchell, Jacques Rancière, and Susan Sontag, among others.  There will be guest lectures by scholars from Berkeley’s School of Information and the Center for New Media.  Taught in English.


German 270 (4) History of the German Language. Rauch
Designed for graduate  and undergraduate students  interested in the story of the German language from prehistoric times to the present, and its contact with closely and remotely related languages. Understanding German shows that the same language principles underlie all language learning; their practical application for various professional skills, including digital skills, is stressed. Sociolinguistic approaches to language changes, informing the German language across time,  are illustrated through the interface with literary texts dating from ancient Cattle Raids though  Runic, Gothic, Medieval German and English texts, as well as excerpts from Luther’s era, Modern and Popular Contemporary  German. No prerequisites.


German 290 (4) The Semiotic Tripod: Peirce, Saussure, Uexküll.  Rauch
Beyond its appearance as a buzz word found throughout academic fields and in the popular media, the established field of semiotics via the tripod of philosophy (Peirce), linguistics (Saussure), and biology (Uexküll) is clearly presented and exploited as both a humane and a natural science. Since semiotic method applies universally, that is, to all experience, the focus of its application will be to any signifying modality, that is, e.g., human, non-human, animate, inanimate, real, imaginary, which is of particular interest and practical use, immediately and in the future, to class participants.  Open to undergraduate and graduate students; no prerequisites.


Pedagogy

German 375A (3) Seminar in Foreign Language Pedagogy: Teaching College German I. Euba
Focusing on the theory and practice of foreign language pedagogy, this course is designed to provide graduate students in German with knowledge and tools for their careers as teachers in the language classroom and beyond. While emphasizing critical reflection on pedagogical practices–-one’s own and that of others–-students will also be introduced to the field of Second Language Acquisition research and its relationship to pedagogy. This, along with the development of practices that promote continuing professional growth, should provide a basis for the ability to stay theoretically informed and to participate in the professional discourse of a rapidly developing field. Included in this course is a significant practical component addressing the day-to-day challenges of planning for and teaching the simultaneously offered elementary German language courses.