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Old Stories, New Media: Great German Tales and their Adaptations

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Term
  • Autumn
Subject Code
GERMAN
Course Number
126
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Old Stories, New Media: Great German Tales and their Adaptations

There are some characters that we see again and again: the love-struck artist, the mad genius, and the valiant hero. Where do these tropes come from? How do they evolve through history? This course will survey German history through the eyes of some of its most well-known stories. We will explore how audience, medium, cultural ideals, and historical changes can transform the meaning of a narrative over time. The central aim of this course is to provide students with an analytical framework with which to approach an unfamiliar work of art or literature. The course also aims to improve students¿ German language proficiency and give students a broad understanding of German intellectual history. Taught in German.