Upcoming Courses in English
Spring 2018 – M/W 1 – 2.15pm  “Environmental Humanities in German Studies” (Rory Bradley)

This seminar will focus on conceptions of the natural world and on the relationship of human beings to the Earth in German literature and philosophy from the Enlightenment to the present. Our readings will consist of literary works (prose and poetry) and philosophical writings by well-known authors such as Goethe, Rilke, and Kafka, as well as less commonly-read and contemporary authors connected to the German tradition. Units will include: German Romantic philosophies of nature, narratives of industrialization, other-than-human consciousnesses, and the reemergence of Romantic thought in contemporary eco-philosophy. Conducted in English.

Spring 2018 – T/Th 2.30 – 3.45 “Weird Fictions” (Alicia Ellis)
This reading- and writing-intensive seminar considers the construction of the genre of science fiction (broadly defined). We will read short prose and novels from the 19th century to the present by authors such as ETA Hoffmann, Patrick Süskind, and Franz Kafka, and we will view films of Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, and others. In addition we will read texts that function as hybrid and complementary permutations of science fiction such as magical realism, speculative fiction, and utopian/dystopian fictions. Conducted in English.


Please contact individual instructors for details regarding reading lists, course goals and assessment.

Contact the German Program for copies of “Programmatic Goals and Learning Outcomes” for German courses as well as the “German Studies Major Requirements Checklist.”