Fall 2020

German Cultural History to 1800

Listed in: German, as GERM-315

Formerly listed as: GERM-15

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Hannah E. Hunter-Parker (Section 01)


An examination of cultural developments in the German tradition, from the Early Middle Ages to the rise of Prussia and the Napoleonic Period. We shall explore the interaction between socio-political factors in German-speaking Europe and works of “high art” produced in the successive eras, as well as Germany’s centuries-long search for a cultural identity. Literature to be considered will include selections from Tacitus’ Germania, the Hildebrandslied, a courtly epic and some medieval lyric poetry; the sixteenth-century Faust chapbook and other writings of the Reformation Period; Baroque prose, poetry, and music; works by Lessing and other figures of the German Enlightenment; Sturm und Drang, including early works by Goethe, Schiller, and their younger contemporaries. Small-group discussion and reflective writing practice will develop students' speaking and writing in German, while a range of audio-visual materials will strengthen reading and listening skills. Course will be conducted in German, via synchronous Zoom sessions; the instructor will offer supplemental meetings and advising for individuals or small groups on campus in the Fall, weather and health permitting.

Requisite: GERM 210 or equivalent. Fall semester. Professor Hunter-Parker.


Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English, Online Only


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2023