GERM 209
Green Germany: Literature, Film, and the Environment Spring 2020
Division I

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Today, Germany is known as a world-wide leader in environmental policies, sustainable energy, and conservation efforts. This “green” culture, however, is not a new phenomenon, but has long constituted an essential part of German identity. In this course, we will trace Germany’s relationship with the environment over the course of 200 years of cultural production. Among other things, we will consider the Romantic fascination with the sublime powers of an uncontrollable wild nature, discuss the ecological underpinnings of Nazi ideology, analyze the effects of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl on German society, and read about the role recycling currently plays as a practice of integration for refugees. Including texts and films by Alina Bronsky, Ilija Trojanow, Ludwig Tieck, Christa Wolf, Rainer Maria Rilke, Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, and Doris Dörrie. Taught in German.
The Class: Format: seminar; Seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 6
Class#: 3371
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: oral presentation, bi-weekly 1-page response papers, final project
Prerequisites: GERM 201 or equivalent
Enrollment Preferences: German majors
Distributions: Division I

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