GERM 201
Reisefieber: Germans On the Road for Adventure, Wealth, Escape Fall 2021
Division I

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We will investigate potent myths of North America and Africa that fuelled German emigration, colonial projects, and adventurism. We will also look at inner-German travel stories, and, in a final segment, the contemporary refugee experience. Our travelers hail from diverse backgrounds and historical time periods: ranging from Glikl, a Jewish businesswoman in the seventeenth century, to fur trade and real estate tycoon Johann Jakob Astor, to contemporary emigrants and thrill-seekers. We will also analyze films and tales about the potent myth of the “Wild West” and noble Indians, promoted by nineteenth-century bestselling author Karl May, and their afterlife in contemporary movies.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 8
Class#: 1649
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three short oral presentations, 4-5 pp. take-home midterm essay, regular written worksheet questions, and role play oral final project
Prerequisites: GERM 104 or contact instructor
Enrollment Preferences: German majors and German certificate students
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives

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