Fall 2016

Cold War German Culture, East and West

Listed in: German, as GERM-334

Formerly listed as: GERM-34


Ute Brandes (Section 01)


How did post-war Germany respond to the dilemma of being the frontier between Communism and the Free World? How did the two German societies develop their own identities and adapt, rebel, or acquiesce culturally in regard to the powers in control? We will situate major literary and cultural developments within the context of political and social history. Topics include coming to terms with the Nazi past; political dissent, democratization, and economic affluence; reactions to the Berlin Wall; the student revolt and feminism; the threat to democracy and civil rights posed by terrorism; the peace movement in the East and the West. Readings in various genres, including experimental literary texts. Authors include Heinrich Böll, Günter Grass, Peter Schneider, and Peter Weiss in the West and Volker Braun, Heiner Müller, Ulrich Plenzdorf, and Christa Wolf in the East. Conducted in German. 

Requisite: GERM 210 or equivalent.  Fall semester.  Professor Brandes.

Cost: 11.00 ?


Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Fall 2016