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German and Slavic Languages and Literature

426 Dey Hall, CB# 3160
(919) 966-1642

First Session, 2020

NOTE: Auditing is not permitted.

GERM 102 Advanced Elementary German (4)

This continuation of GERM 101 emphasizes speaking, listening, reading, writing in a cultural context. Students enhance their basic vocabulary and grammar and will regularly communicate in German about everyday topics. One afternoon meeting per week.

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GERM 203 Intermediate German (3)

Students acquire necessary materials and opportunities to develop further their language skills in a cultural context. They review and expand upon the basic grammar covered in beginning German.

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GERM 265 Hitler in Hollywood: Cinematic Representations of Nazi Germany (3)

MAYMESTER. An examination of selected cinematic representations (both American and German) of Nazi Germany in terms of their aesthetic properties and propagandistic value. Films with English subtitles; readings and discussions in English.

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GSLL 272 Poland, Russia, and Germany through the Prism of Film (3)

MAYMESTER. Explore the relationship between Poland, Russia, and Germany from World War II until the present day, through films and readings that cover World War II, the fall of Communism in Europe, the Holocaust and the post-war situation of Jews, religious faith, Putin’s politics, women’s rights, and the current refugee situation in Germany. Film directors include Balabanov, Becker, Fassbinder, Kalatozov, Holland, Mikhalkov, Polański, Wajda, and Wenders. Readings and class discussions in English. Films with English subtitles.

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RUSS 477 Wicked Desire: Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, on Page and Screen (CMPL 477) (3)

Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita (1955) became a global phenomenon due to its unflinching portrayal of pedophilia. This course will delve deeper into the novel’s moral complexity, its international context, and its reflection in mass culture, including movies by Stanley Kubrick (1962) and Adrian Lyne (1997). Taught in English; some readings in Russian for qualified students.

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Second Session, 2020

GERM 203 Intermediate German (3)

Students acquire necessary materials and opportunities to develop further their language skills in a cultural context. They review and expand upon the basic grammar covered in beginning German.

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RUSS 278 Russian and Soviet Science Fiction (3)

This course will focus on key works of Russian and Soviet science fiction. Readings and discussions in English.

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Tales of the future from the land of futurism!  RUSS 278 will appeal to those interested in science fiction, philosophical problems associated with our understanding of humanity’s orientation toward its past and future, our place in the universe and relationship with technology. RUSS 278 will complicate and challenge our understandings of the words “Russian” and “Soviet” by offering a unique, unorthodox perspective on that civilization, its hopes, fears, place in the world and the role it plays in world history. Among the highlights are the works of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, movies by Andrei Tarkovsky, Tatyana Tolstaya, and Evgeny Zamiatin. ***Canceled***

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GERM 994 Doctoral Dissertation (Var.)