GERM 321 Lust, Liebe und Gewalt (W)

Last offered Fall 2013

In the finale of Salome, an opera in German by Richard Strauss, a young Salome kisses the severed head of John the Baptist, while expressing her desire and declaring her love to him. No other opera makes the violence of love and lust more explicit; it brings the interplay of Eros and Thanatos to a climax. In this course, we will reflect on the intimate relationship between love, lust, and violence, examining how love and lust do not exclude violence, but rather include--if not provoke--it. In order to gain a better understanding of the dynamics formed by this fascinating triangle, we will read a collection of short stories by Bernhard Schlink, plays by Arthur Schnitzler and Frank Wedekind, poems by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, look at paintings by Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, watch movies by Josef von Sternberg and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and listen to pop songs by Nina Hagen and Rammstein. Conducted in German.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: 5-page papers every other week, 2-page critiques of the partner's papers in alternate weeks
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: GERM 201 or the equivalent
Enrollment Preference: German majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1353
GERM 321 SEM Lust, Liebe und Gewalt (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Christophe A. Kone
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