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Syllabus Culture in Germany after Nazism - Literary and Philosophical reflections 1944-1966 - 32803

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Last update 21-08-2017
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: german, russian & east european studies

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Prof Birgit Erdle

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Coordinator Office Hours: Monday, 14:30-16:00

Teaching Staff:
Prof Birgit Erdle

Course/Module description:
In 1944, whilst living in exile in the USA, the philosopher, sociologist and musical theorist Theodor W. Adorno noted: The idea that after this war life will continue normally or even that culture might be rebuilt as if the rebuilding of culture were not already its negation is idiotic. This remark goes directly to the centre of the question we shall be concerned with in this seminar. We shall read fundamental literary and philosophical texts that deal with the intrinsic links between Nazism and culture or, which, on the contrary, attempt to deny these connections in order to come to terms with the horror of the mass murders committed under Nazism. Apart from essays by Theodor W. Adorno which frequently were first broadcast by German radio we are going to study and discuss texts by, among others, Siegfried Kracauer, Gottfried Benn, Hans Fallada, Heinrich Böll, Jean Amery, Hannah Arendt, and Paul Celan.

Course/Module aims:
the course intends to make students familiar with seminal essayistic, literary and philosophical works
which deal with the idea/question of "rebuilding culture" in Germany after 1945

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
know and critically analyze some of the key texts of important thinkers in 20th century;
explain various aspects of intellectual history post 1945 in Germany;
discuss different views on how Nazism and German culture are interrelated;
discuss different concepts of memory and of the aftermath of Nazism in Germany

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: seminar discussion
reading reports
student presentations

Course/Module Content:
close reading of exemplary texts (in english) of important authors in 20th century, such as Theodor W. Adorno, Siegfried Kracauer, Gottfried Benn, Hans Fallada, Heinrich Böll, Hannah Arendt, Paul Celan, Jean Amery

Required Reading:
All primary texts and secondary literature will be provided

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 30 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 35 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 35 %
Activity in seminar discussion

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.