This course explores German-language cultures via three “untranslatable” terms: Waldeinsamkeit (forest loneliness), Heimat (home/belonging), and Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past). We’ll use these concepts to think broadly and deeply about culture and transculturality. Why are these concepts considered quintessentially “German,” and how do they translate to other communities and cultures? In the first unit, we will study the role of the forest from the Grimm tales to today's forest mindfulness apps to the Green Party, sustainability, and climate politics. In unit two, we will learn how the term Heimat has been used and abused in talking about places of home and belonging. And last, we will discuss the history of Nazism and how Germany and other countries are working through and remembering histories of genocide. Throughout each unit, you will be introduced to several areas within the broad field of German Studies, while acquiring the language to discuss and write about a variety of subjects. Our readings will consist of different materials, including prose, poetry, music videos, graphic novels, film, visual artwork, and other media. Class time will be devoted to discussion and developing the vocabulary and linguistic structures to analyze various kinds of texts, with a special emphasis throughout the term on expanding your writing skills in multiple genres. In German. Prerequisite is German 201 or placement exam. May be taken after German 204. Course counts as an elective for the Environmental Studies Concentration.
- Teacher: Kathryn Sederberg