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Syllabus World Lost World Regained: German Intellectuals in America - 32840

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Last update 08-11-2020
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: German Language & Literature

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Tamar Abramov

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Teaching Staff:
Dr. Tamar Abramov

Course/Module description:
This course will investigate the fruitful yet traumatic encounter between Europe and America in the works of German émigrés to the United States in the twenties and thirties. In reading these works we will develop an elaborate thinking of the relationship of Europe to America, the old to the new. We will focus on the way these works allegorize a post-war historical encounter between European/metaphysical thinking (and its break) and the event of America, both redemptive and disastrous to its European counterpart. Throughout the course we will also consider the ways in which this encounter is allegorized in these thinkers life journeys and their thought, in and around the trauma of exile. Thus, journeys of life and thought will become the stage on which a traumatic encounter between old and new is performed, and a new thinking of trauma as performance is exercised.

Course/Module aims:

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
understanding the historical and philosophical context of the emigration of German intellectuals to the United State in the middle of the last century and extract from it some new understanding of what is Europe and what is America.

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Course/Module Content:
New and Old

Required Reading:
Films by Wilder, Lubitsch, Lang
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
Philip Roth, The Plot against America
Saul Bellow, Ravelstein
Bertolt Brecht, The resistible rise of Arturo Ui
Hermann Broch, The Guiltless
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo
Leo Strauss, Liberalism Ancient and Modern
Hannah Arendt, On Revolution
Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man
Heidegger, Nietzsche's Word etc

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Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 30 %
Project work 70 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

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.
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