REE 335 • German Nationalisms-W
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
The course will discuss the expressions and implications of various German national movements within their respective historical contexts. It will focus on the historical shift of nationalism in Germany from the Enlightenment and the oppositional liberal movement in the early nineteenth century through the unification of the Reich under Bismarck and the repressive ideology of the National Socialist state in the twentieth century to the recent unification of the two post-war German states in 1990. By including a discussion of the various cultural expressions and critical definitions of "Germany" and "Germanness" the course should challenge a simplistic understanding of the history of German nationalism as an inevitable progression towards totalitarianism. The fundamental questions for consideration are: What different understandings of the terms Volk and nation have existed at various points in German history? What is the relationship between nationalist movements and the power of an existing state? How are cultural and political traditions appropriated within an ideology of nationalism? What part did the issues of national identity have in literary and artistic production? The goal of this course is to encourage students to consider the possible validity or danger of nationalism for our present day in light of the lessons of German history. This course fulfills the substantial writing component.
The semester grades for the course will be based on: two exams (20% each); three written papers (50% total); class participation (10%)
Herwig, Holger: Hammer or Anvil Erich Maria Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front Schneider: German Comedy A reader with primary texts. Available at Jenn's Copy, 2200 Guadalupe St.