Profiled courses

GER 298 Vikings

Learn about the medieval seafaring farmers, traders, and raiders we call Vikings, whose culture has fascinated modern people for the past two hundred years. We will also discuss recent novels, films and TV series inspired by this unique culture.

No knowledge of German required. Readings and Discussions in English.

Taught in English (no prerequisites) by Ann Marie Rasmussen, new Professor of German and Medieval Studies, Diefenbaker Chair in German Literary Studies.

GER 271 German Thought and Culture: Objects

Students explore German cultural history by examining human-made objects that open up perspectives on German culture through the ages. Objects to be studied might include the Berlin Wall, the Swastika, Bach's organ, and Luther's Bible. Students acquire skills in cultural analysis and learn about major developments in literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, and music.

GER 431 / 623 / 723 Transnationalism in German-language Literature and Film

National literatures have long been understood as inventions meant to support the idea of the nation state by supposedly reflecting on national or ethnic themes and traits. Over the last few decades, literary works written by migrants in the German language have called into question this hegemonic interpretation of the national literature, giving way via various "Turkish" or "Eastern" turns to notions of transnationalism and world literature. In this seminar, we will attempt to square the circle and investigate issues of transnationalism in German literature and film. Through these texts we will explore issues of identity and otherness, belonging and exclusion to come to an understanding of culture as a dynamic process between cultures and languages that exceeds notions of nationality and ethnicity.