Constantin M. Behler
Interdisciplinary study placing the emergence of contemporary Germany in its larger historical context. Explores important eras of German history and focuses on major aspects of post-war economic, political, and cultural life in order to grasp the unique role that Germany has come to play in the European community of today.
There will be a strong focus on the tradition of a German cultural identity, distinct from Western liberalism. To this end we will read three novels, view a number of films, in order to focus on important turning-points of modern German history: the Second and so-called Third Reich, the post-war culture of the cold war, and the so-called normalization of post-unification.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and open discussion.
Any general modern history; literature and film.
Class assignments and grading
Take-home midterm and final; 5-page paper on a novel or film, placing it into its historical context.
Midterm and Final (30% each); paper (40%)