Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT

21F.414: German Culture, Media, and Society

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Investigates current trends and topics in German literature, theater, film, television, radio, and other media arts productions. Analyzes media texts in the context of their production, reception, and distribution as well as the public debates initiated by these works. Students have the opportunity to discuss topics with a writer, filmmaker, and/or media artist from Germany. Taught in German. Topics vary from term to term. Prereg: 21F.404 or 21F.474. Can repeat for credit. Topic for Fall 2014: Germany: Open or Closed?

Prereqs:  21F.404 or 21F.474

Topic for Fall 2014: Germany: Open or Closed?

Currently, there are two divergent trends in Germany: Internationalization is opening new opportunities for the arts, culture, politics, and education while simultaneously there is an increasing fear of the loss of “Heimat”, privacy, and German values and identity. A vibrant international music, theater, and art scene in Berlin is in stark contrast with a growing Neo-Nazi scene in more rural parts of the country. In this course, we will trace these trends through contemporary materials including news media, literature, film, documentaries, and radio art, and also explore their historical roots. Class visits by a filmmaker, artist, and/or writer will offer opportunities to discuss issues from different perspectives. Course taught in German. Conducted in German.

Enrollment limited to 18 for pedagogical reasons. Preference will be given to pre-registered students, including pre-registered undergraduates who were cut from the same class the previous semester due to the enrollment cap. Please note that you have to attend the first day of class to maintain your preference level. In case of overenrollment, preference will be given in the following order: declared majors, declared minors, declared concentrators, continuing students, sophomores, juniors, freshmen, seniors and graduate students.

Units: 3-0-9(U)



Fall 2014

Section No. Instructor Days Time Room
1 K. Fendt MW 7-8:30pm 16-628


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