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German Studies, Carolina-Duke Graduate Program
Associate Professor Donahue, Chair (German); Professor Pfau, Director of Graduate Studies and Co-Chair of Carolina-
Duke Graduate Studies Program (English); Professor Downing, Co-Chair of Carolina-Duke Graduate Studies Program
(UNC-CH German); Professors Gillespie (political science), Gilliam (music), Hillerbrand (religion), Jameson (literature),
Kitschelt (political science), Koonz (history), Pfau (English), Rasmussen (German), Robisheaux (history), Stiles (art and
art history), Steinmetz (divinity), Surin (literature), Todd (music), and Van Miegroet (art and art history); Associate
Professors Campt (women’s studies), Coles (political science), Hacohen (history), Morton (German); Assistant Professor
Norberg (German); Associate Professor of the Practice Walther (German); Adjunct Associate Professor Ward
As of fall 2009, the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies is a fully merged graduate program
that draws on the largest German Studies faculty in the country, as well as the considerable library holdings of each
institution. Students apply to a single program and graduate with a diploma bearing the names of both Duke
University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Information about this program can be found at:
http://www.german.duke.edu/carolina-duke-grad/. For additional information, contact Thomas Pfau at:
email@example.com and Eric Downing at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A PhD in German Studies is available in this program.
A total of 16 courses (including those listed below), two of which may be credit for work on a dissertation, are
required. Five core courses are required: Foreign Language Pedagogy, Theories and Practices; Cultural Foundations
in German Studies, to 1800; Cultural Foundations in German Studies, 1800 to the Present; Midde High German; and
German Linguistics. Incoming students who have satisfactorily completed equivalent graduate courses may be
exempted by the Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Advising (DGS) from one or more of the required
courses. Nine additional elective courses must also be completed; two of these will be DGS-approved courses
outside of the German Studies Program, which complement the student’s areas of interest in an interdisciplinary
A PhD Preliminary Exam is required, normally taken by the end of the third year. An oral dissertation defense,
normally by the end of the fifth year, is also required. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to attend the
program’s monthly "works in progress" seminar, at which faculty, advanced graduate students, and guests present
their current research.
A list of courses offered at UNC-Chapel Hill as part of the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies
is available online at: http://www.unc.edu/depts/german/courses/courseofferings.html.
German Courses (GERMAN)
201. German for Academic Research I. Introduction to German for the purpose of developing reading and
translation skills necessary for pursuing academic research. Assumes no prior knowledge of German. Foundations of
German grammar and syntax; emphasis on vocabulary and translations. Selected readings in theory of translation
and techniques. Not open for credit to undergraduate students who have taken Intermediate German (65, 66, 69, or
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equivalent). Does not count toward the major or minor, or toward the fulfillment of the Foreign Language
Requirement. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.
202. German for Academic Research II. Development and refinement of skills needed to read and translate
intermediate to advanced academic German. Texts selected by instructor, with regular opportunities to work on
materials related to individual fields/research topics. Selected readings in theory of translation and techniques.
Prerequisite: German 201. Not open for credit to undergraduate students who have taken Intermediate German (65,
66, 69, or equivalent). Does not count toward the major or minor, or toward the fulfillment of the Foreign Language
Requirement. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.
204S. German Business / Global Contexts. Current German economic and business debates and events. Germany's
position in the global marketplace and on ensuing intercultural business encounters. Topics include state of
Germany's industry and energy resources, monetary policies and banking systems, environmental concerns, foreign
trade, taxes, and the social safety net. Attention to Germany's self-understanding as a "social market economy" and
the compatibility of that model with current trends in globalization. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.
209S. Introduction to Medieval German: The Language of the German Middle Ages and Its Literature. Basic
reading skills in the medieval German language (Middle High German) developed by working with literary texts in
their original idiom. Canonical texts such as courtly love poetry (Walther von der Vogelweide), Arthurian romance
(Hartmann von Aue, Wolfram), and heroic epic (Nibelungenlied). Understanding manuscript culture, philological
inquiry, medieval intellectual practices, relationship between learned Latin culture and educated vernacular cultures.
Research paper required. Readings and discussion in German. Instructor: Rasmussen. 3 units. C-L: Medieval and
Renaissance Studies 201S
210S. Sex, Gender, and Love in Medieval German Literature. Historical contexts for emergence of courtly love
and the role of desire and interpretation in Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan und Isolde, courtly love lyric, 'maere.'
Instructor: Rasmussen. 3 units. C-L: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 203S
211S. Theory and Practice of Literary Translation. 3 units. C-L: see Literature 211S
221S. Literary Guide to Italy. 3 units. C-L: see Italian 221S; also C-L: Literature 280S, Arts of the Moving Image
225S. Introduction to Goethe. Major works of lyric, narrative, drama, and theory, throughout Goethe's career.
Readings and discussions in German. Instructor: Morton. 3 units.
226S. Goethe's Faust. Goethe's masterpiece and life's work, conceived as a summation of Western literature and
mythology for the modern age. Readings and discussions in German. Instructor: Morton. 3 units.
245S. German Literature and Culture 1900-1945. Radical social shifts and their disruption of German culture and
literary conventions during the first half of the 20th century. From the poetry, film, manifestos, and revolutionary
theater of Expressionism, to the high modernism of Rilke, Kafka, Hesse, and Mann, to the didactic literary program
of Brecht and his circle, including Kurt Weill and Marieluise Fleisser, to the internationalist goals of the Frankfurt
School of Social Research. Emphasis on relations between text and history, from WWI to Weimar to the
persecutions and systematic destructions of the Nazi era. Instructor: Donahue or Rolleston. 3 units.
247S. German Literature and Culture Since 1945. Major German literary, filmic, and cultural works since 1945.
Topics vary: representations of National Socialism and the Holocaust in German culture;
"Vergangenheitsbewältigung" (dealing with the past) in German literature and culture; history, memory, and
national identity in German, Austrian, and Swiss literature. Instructor: Donahue or Norberg. 3 units.
255. Special Topics in German Literature and Culture. Topics vary by semester. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.
258S. Special Topics in German Literature and Cultural Studies. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.
260. History of the German Language. Phonology, morphology, and syntax of German from the beginnings to the
present. Instructor: Keul or Rasmussen. 3 units. C-L: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 260B, Linguistics 260
261S. Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics. Introduction to the fields of second language
acquisition and applied linguistics. Investigation of competing theories of language acquisition and learning, and
various aspects of applied linguistics, including language and cognition, language and power, bilingualism, language
and identity, and intercultural communication. Taught in English. Instructor: Walther. 3 units. C-L: Linguistics 261S
270. Consciousness and Modern Society. The German tradition of political theory conceptualizing social
transformation through consciousness both of alienation and of ethical ideals; the ongoing debate between activist
and radically critical perspectives. Marx, Nietzsche, Lukacs, Freud, Benjamin, Adorno, Marcuse, and Habermas.
Taught in English. Instructor: Rolleston. 3 units. C-L: Literature 270
272S. Fin-de-siècle and Interwar Vienna: Politics, Society, and Culture. 3 units. C-L: see History 272S
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275S. Hegel's Political Philosophy (C, N, PI). 3 units. C-L: see Political Science 236S; also C-L: Philosophy 236S
276S. Nietzsche's Political Philosophy (C, N, RP). 3 units. C-L: see Political Science 226S; also C-L: Philosophy
280S. Music in Literature and Philosophy: 1800-1945 (DS3). Readings in the philosophy of nineteenth- and early
twentieth-century "classical" music and in literature as a source for and response to musical composition,
performance, and listening experience. Taught in English. Instructor: Pfau. 3 units. C-L: English 250S, International
Comparative Studies 280CS
298S. Special Topics in German Studies. Special topics in German literature and cultural studies. Taught in
English. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.
299S. Seminar in German Studies. Review of current debates and historical perspectives in the German cultural
field, structured through contributing disciplines: social and economic history, political theory and history, literature,
fine arts, music, philosophy, and religion. Team-taught, involving a wide range of faculty in the German Studies
Program. Taught in English. Instructor: Donahue, Rolleston, and staff. 3 units. C-L: International Comparative
300S. The Discipline of Germanistik: A Historical Survey. A study of trends in scholarly criticism within the
context of German culture and politics beginning in the 1810s with the origins of Germanistik as a university
discipline. Topics may include: the invention of philology and the romantic enterprise; positivism and
Geistesgeschichte; the politics of Germanistik, 1933-45; Germanistik in Europe and the United States after 1945.
Instructor: Borchardt or Rasmussen. 3 units.
301. German Studies: Theory and Practice. German studies at the intersection of various discourses (such as
feminism, psychoanalysis, new historicism), questioning traditional concepts such as national identity, history, and
language. Interdisciplinary issues may include: the relationship of literature, the unconscious and technology; the
cinematic representation of Nazi history; architecture, monuments, and ''German'' space. Texts might include works
by Kafka, Freud, Marx, Spengler, and Schinkel as well as texts by individuals whose work has been excluded from
more traditional ''Germanistik'' courses. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.
302. Topics in Literary Theory. Literary theories and methods in their history and philosophical contexts. Issues
include canonicity, German identity debates, and the claims of aesthetic language. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.
303. Topics in Literary History. Relations between an established German literature and its competing cultural
centers; classical and popular cultures, literary conventions, and nonliterary discourses (religious, national,
scientific), the construction of Austrian and Swiss traditions. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.
304. Topics in Genre Theory. The construction of German literature through generic frameworks: Minnesang,
epic, baroque lyric and drama, classical ballad, folksong, Bildungsroman, expressionist film, others. Instructor:
Staff. 3 units.
305. Foreign Language Pedagogy: Theories and Practices. Overview of current research in the fields of second
language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy, and its implications for the teaching of the German language,
literature, and culture at all levels. Readings and discussions on competing theories of language acquisition and
learning, issues of cultural identity and difference, learner styles, and the teaching of language as culture; training in
contemporary teaching techniques and approaches. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.
321. Graduate Dissertation Colloquium. The course will probe the complexities of advanced research from
several perspectives: the opening up or extension of a specific scholarly field; the articulation of results in a broad
professional context, including publication; the translation of personal explorations into pedagogical assets. GS
students will present dissertation chapters; GS faculty will give guest talks surveying their own work, its
interdisciplinary implications & the goal of synthesizing research & teaching. Instructor: Rolleston. 3 units.
322. Germanic Seminar. Topics and Instructors vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.