This course treats literary and filmic representations of the Holocaust. While a single course cannot do justice to this complex topic, we read four novels and screen five films concerning cultural representations of victims and perpetrators, and Holocaust denial and documentation.
It is hard to overstate how central vampires and zombies, doppelgänger and killers, ghosts and artificial humans—haunted hybrids—have been to the construction of German identity.
How does the Harry Potter phenomenon reflect and transform central aspects of Western culture? We consider character, structure, and the philosophical and ethical issues raised within and by the Harry Potter series.
How have the Germanic languages changed throughout history? How is English related to German and Swedish? What can history tell us about how languages are changing today?
The aim of this course is to explore various kinds of transgressive behavior surrounding themes of money, knowledge, sex, and violence in early modern German literature by reading and discussing key works from the period before 1800.
Join us to experience tales you thought you knew and tales you never knew. We read tales by the Grimms and others, and we consider film, illustration, and the history of media. Why do we continue to tell these tales?