Graduate Course Descriptions 2016W

Germ 520A: Literature and Migration Credits: 3 Winter 2016 Session

Germ 520A: Literature and Migration
Credits: 3
Winter 2016 Session | Term: 1
Instructor: Markus Hallensleben,
Date and Time: R 2:00pm-4:00pm
Place: BuTo 218
Office Hours: R 12:30-1:30pm at BuTo 206

Course description:
Since the 1950s, migrants have contributed significantly to Germany’s social and cultural fabric. A new Immigration Act was enacted in 2005, with the aim for increased integration. Given Germany’s major demographic challenges as part of the current migration politics, a new Integration Act has been approved by the governing coalition in April 2016. Concurrently, literature has played a pivotal role in light of these major societal changes.

This course focuses on literature in Germany affected by migration, defined as writings by transcultural authors and about migration experiences in Germany. It aims to provide an introduction to the themes and settings of intercultural literature in Germany. While one part of the course will introduce to facts and theories on migration, integration, hybridity, transnationality, transculturality, and transarea studies, another part of the course will feature select primary literature by authors such as Khider, Özdamar, Schami, Şenocak and Tawada. Secondary sources will include readings of Adelson, Bachmann-Medick, Barthes, Bhabha, Ette, Fachinger, Gerstenberger, Göktürk, Huyssen, Mani, Said, Serres, Seyhan, Taberner, Terkessidis, Vertovec, Welsch and Yildiz.

Please note that all readings will be split among the students, and a comprehensive course bibliography will be made available via Refworks. Some readings will be posted on UBC Connect.
The course is taught with a directed study approach, including the evaluation of portfolio components. The students will prepare critical summaries and reflections, as well as present on at least three chosen works from their own annotated working bibliographies. A final essay (15-20 pages, double-spaced, 12 ppt) is due at the end of the term.

Textbooks available at the UBC Bookstore:
Göktürk, Deniz, ed. Transit Deutschland: Debatten zu Nation und Migration.
Hofmann, Michael, and Iulia-Karin Patrut. Einführung in die interkulturelle Literatur. Khider, Abbas. Ohrfeige. (optional)
Özdamar, Emine Sevgi. Mutterzunge.
---. Sonne auf halbem Weg: Die Berlin-Istanbul-Trilogie
Schami, Rafik. Damaskus im Herzen.
---. Eine deutsche Leidenschaft namens Nudelsalat
---. Vom Zauber der Zunge: Reden gegen das Verstummen
. (optional).
Şenocak, Zafer. Deutschsein: Eine Aufklärungsschrift.
---. Gefährliche Verwandtschaft.
Tawada, Yōko, Talisman.
---. Überseezungen
Terkessidis, Mark. Interkultur.

Germ 501B: Literary Theories –Auslandsgermanistik: Past Present and Future
Credits: 3
Winter 2016 Session | Term 1
Instructor: Thomas Salumets,
Day and Time: Tuesday, 09:30am-11:00am
Location: Buchanan Tower, Rm 218

Course description
This hands-on seminar will prompt us to reflect on current debates, core elements and conceptions that shape our profession. We will detail significant shifts in the field of literary studies and observe how changes in the institutional practice of the Humanities align with approaches to literary texts and are borne out in the university classroom. We will develop sample course proposals and teaching modules, and gain practical in-class experience teaching foreign literature. Our readings and discussions will include works such as David Lemmings and Ann Brooks eds., Emotions and Social Change: Historical and Sociological Perspectives. Rosi Braidotti, The Posthuman. Timothy Morton, The Ecological Thought. Martha Nussbaum, Not for Profit. Why Democracy Needs the Humanities. Gerstenberger, Katharina, and Patricia Herminghouse. German Literature in a New Century: Trends, Traditions, Transitions, Transformations. Bandhauer, Andrea New Directions in German Studies. A Context of Interdisciplinarity. Sabine Wilke. "Zwanzig Jahre Germanistik Postkolonial."


Germ 412/Germ 522A: German Media Studies
Credits: 3
Winter 2016 Session | Term 2
Instructor: Ilinca Iuarscu,
Day and Time: Tuesday/Thursday, 11-12:30pm
Location: Buch B318

Course description:
Course description Does writing have a future? What can war teach us about media? How did we become subjects of technology? We will introduce key terms and concepts in media studies (analog/ digital, ‘old’/ ‘new’ media, spectacle, reproducibility, consumption, materiality, code, transmission , archive etc.), with a focus on debates surrounding the questions of ‘technological change’ and ‘social communication’. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify major currents of thought in media studies, survey theoretical and historical developments in Germany and North America, examine and apply fundamental media-theoretical concepts. There are no prerequisites. All texts and discussions will be in English. Reading materials and a full description of the course will be made available through UBC Connect.

Germ 532A: Ancient Queens in 18th Century Drama
Credits: 3
Winter 2016 Session | Term 2
Instructor: Gaby Pailer,
Day and Time: Wednesday, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Buch B219

This course is taught in English.

Course description:
The 18th century represents the Age of Enlightenment, with new philosophical and political notions of the individual's personal and civic responsibilities. With the major part of the population illiterate, drama and theatre formed important venues of popularization. The adaptation of ancient philosophy (Aristotle), Greek and Roman epics and tragedies, served to address paradoxies of 18th century political reality, which was marked by monarchical rule and religious conformity.

The course will focus on selected dramas through the lens of mythological princesses (cf. list below). Important contexts concern the theory of "the king's two bodies" (Kantorowicz) and the question of gender matters, concepts of "Enlightenment" in philosophical, socio-cultural and political terms (Kant, Horkheimer/ Adorno), as well as questions of "material culture" its preservation in archival and editorial studies.
This course will be offered as an undegraduate research course (GERM 370) and parallelly as a graduate course (GERM 532). Monday classes will be dedicated to academic work with the selected dramas at the respective level. Wednesday classes will be a workshop for both groups together introducting students to archival and editorial practices, and providing training in the transcription of ancient German print ("Frakturschrift") and 18th century handwriting ("Kurrentschrift"). We will work with scans of archival material from Weimar and Leipzig, and with an original bound manuscript ( Johann Elias Schlegel's Hecuba).
The course will conclude with a public recital performance of selected scenes at the end of term.




Please consult the graduate handbook (MA or PhD) for instructions on how to enrol in GERM 547.