GERMAN 322 A: Introduction to German Cultural Studies

Spring 2024
MW 1:00pm - 2:20pm / MEB 237
Section Type:
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Cultures of Memory in Germany and Beyond

Prof. Jason Groves

Through readings in literature, film, visual art, and music, this courses explores how individuals and communities in Germany relate to their pasts, as well as how the memory of those pasts informs the imagination of the future. 

This course is taught in English and there are no prerequisites. German language texts will be available for those interested.


Readings and viewing (all will be available on canvas) include selections from:

Paul Celan, selected poems

Theodor Adorno, “Cultural Criticism and Society” (1949); “Education After Auschwitz” (1966)

Audre Lorde, “This Urn Contains Earth From German Concentration Camp” (1984) 

James E. Young, “The Counter-Monument: Memory against Itself in Germany Today” (1992)

Zafer Senoçak, "May One Compare Turks and Jews, Mr. Senocak?” (1995)

Zafer Senoçak, “Paul Celan” (1995)

May Ayim, “Germany in Autumn” (1996)

W.G. Sebald, “Air War and Literature” (1997)

Hito Steyerl, The Empty Middle (1998)

The Collective Memory Reader, ed. Jeffrey Olick et al. (2011)

Otobong Nkanga, "Reflections of the Raw Green Crown" (2014)

Sa′ed Atshan, Katharina Galor, The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (2020)

Fatima El-Tayeb, “The Universal Museum: How the New Germany Built its Future on Colonial Amnesia” (2020)

Damani Partridge, Blackness as a Universal Claim: Holocaust Heritage, Noncitizen Futures, and Black Power in Berlin (2022)

Max Czollek, De-integrate: A Jewish Survival Guide (2023 [2018])

Esra Özyürek, Subcontractors of Guilt. Holocaust Memory and Muslim Belonging in Postwar Germany (2023)

Matt Lambert and Benjamin Cantu, Eldorado: Everything the Nazis Hate (2023)

A large piece of white paper bearing the phrase "In Memory of Our Beloved Subculture" on top of a graffitied wall. Photo by Bekky Bekks on Unsplash

Catalog Description:
Questions addressed include: What is "German culture," how has it been defined and contested, and how and why do we study it? Interdisciplinary methods and readings.
GE Requirements Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
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February 28, 2024 - 12:31 pm