Professor Margaret Litvin returns to BU this fall from a year as a...
For beginners or according to placement test results. Introduction to grammar, vocabulary, structure of German, emphasizing the four basic skills: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. (If CAS LG 112 or a more advanced college-level course has been completed, this course may not be taken for credit.)
Continues study and practice of the basic skills of speaking, writing, and reading German. Conversational dialogues, reading of short texts, grammar sessions, compositions. Conducted in German. (If a more advanced college-level course has been completed, this course may not be taken for credit.)
Intensive Beginning German
Part I: Eight-week intensive German course for beginners or according to placement test results. Introduction to grammar, vocabulary, and structure of German, emphasizing the basic communication skills: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. Part II: Continuation of the study and practice of speaking, writing listening, and reading German. Includes conversational dialogues, reading of short texts, grammar sessions, and compositions. Meets two hours a week for the remainder of the semester. 4 cr.
German Adv Begn
Further development of communicative skills acquired in the first year, emphasizing both production (speaking, writing) and comprehension (listening, reading). Grammar review. Reading and discussion of selected short stories, poetry, and plays as well as nonliterary texts. Conducted in German.
Continued development of communicative skills and strategies for functioning socially in German-language contexts. Students learn to understand literary and nonliterary texts. Conducted in German.
Masterpieces of German Literature (in English translation)
Introduction to the major works of German literature, emphasizing methods of close reading and the art of critical writing. Texts by Johannes von Saaz, J.W. Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Georg Büchner, Robert Musil, Ingeborg Bachmann and others. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. May be taken for WR 150 credit.
Topics in German Culture (in English translation)
Topic for Spring 2013: Franz Kafka and His World. The oeuvre of Franz Kafka--novels, short prose fiction, aphorisms and diaries--read in the context of major movements of early twentieth-century European culture: modernism, Expressionist cinema, Freudian thought, and the "Jewish Question." Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (in English translation)
Study of the three radical and influential German thinkers. Marx's German Ideology, Communist Manifesto, Grundrisse, Capital; Nietzsche's Beyond Good/Evil, Genealogy of Morals; Freud's Outline, Introductory Lectures, Civilization and Its Discontents. Cannot be taken for credit by students who have completed CAS LG 475. Also offered as CAS XL 470 A1. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
The Faust Tradition
Comparative study of the Faust theme, 1500 to present: Marlowe, Goethe, Mann, Gertrude Stein, Jan Svankmajer, others. Transmission and adaptation of literary themes within and between national traditions. Emphasis on close reading and research, use of theory and criticism. Meets with CAS XL 351. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.