Fall 2023

German Cultural History to 1800

Listed in: German, as GERM-315


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. 

Requisite: GERM 210 or equivalent.

Fall semester: Professor Hunter-Parker.

How to handle overenrollment: null

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: An emphasis on instruction in languages other than English, on written work, readings, and oral presentations. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the professor as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.

GERM 315 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CONV 302 (ina
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CONV 302 (ina

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Der Ackermann und der Tod Reclam Johannes von Tepl Books will be ordered jointly by the instructor, after add/drop period has finished. TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2023, Fall 2024