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Katherine Arens

Professor Ph.D., Stanford University

Katherine Arens

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Biography

Katherine Arens is a professor in the department, a member of the Program in Comparative Literature and of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, also affiliated with the Center for European Studies and the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies.

Her major concentration is probably best described as intellectual history (Geistesgeschichte), wtih work both sides of a line separating traditional literary-historical studies (Enlightenment through Impressionism, and Austria through the twentieth century) and more theoretical and philosophical work (German Idealism, philosophy of language, literary and cultural theory, Lacanian theory and identity politics, WGS theory, and the history and theory of the humanities).

This combination of theory and cultural studies has also led her to do work on reading theory and applied linguistics, modeling how culture, identity, and the politics of cultural identity can be researched and taught. Thus she has developed many interdisciplinary courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly those bringing literary theory and the disciplines together, on topics ranging from contemporary theory, feminism, Freud, and Lacan back to Kant and Hegel, and particularly graduate theory core courses for all three of my departments (for titles and class materials, click on the class website link above).

WORK IN PROGRESS

Arens two other mongraphs just completed. One is project on how the Austro-Hungarian and Austrian public spheres have identfied with Europe since 1760, entitled Vienna Dreaming:  Austria's Once and Future Europe, forthcoming with Continuum (March 2012).  This set of case studies provide evidence for the existence of a very different kind of public sphere in Vienna and the Empire's cities than is accommodated in the too-simple vision of Dialectic of the Enlightenment and the Frankfurt-School or systems-theory-inspired view in play in German studies.  The other centers around a wonderful bagatelle from the history of women's literature in the germanophone world, the memoir of the mother of Mary Vetsera, who died with Austro-Hungary's Crown Prince Rudolph in 1889.  Belle Necropolis:  Ghosts of Imperial Vienna talks about Habsburg nostalgia as part of an international culture industry.

With Carlos Amador, she has also just completed a book-length manuscript tentatively entitled Thereographies: The Cultural Politiics of the Theory Wars. It works out an alternate geneaology for the twentieth century "theory wars" in a genesis out of the institutional and cultural politics of the nineteenth century. It offers a new optic as to what is at stake in the current disciplinary fractures and shifts, a new archaeology of knowledge that calls into question the self-definitions of today's purportedly alterior, anti-hegemonic strategies for knowledge and community identity production.

After her 2005 book with Janet Swaffar, Remapping the Foreign Language Curriculum: A Multi-Literacies Approach (MLA, October 2005), Arens has in progress a book-length study of the relationship between theory and institutional frameworks of teaching and scholarship, this time as relevant to the graduate curriculum (and, to varying degrees, to the undergraduate major curriculum). Based around the notion of a "cognitive apprenticeship," it argues how the canon wars have led to an almost complete abandonment of the position of literary studies as systematic architectures of knowledge production and evaluation -- a tacit shift towards an almost exclusively ethically based curricular practice that priveges immmanence and voice, and hence particular interpretive communities and/or performance practices, where the older canons privileged hegemonic and often disembodied discourses. 

For details on what else she has done, including dissertations and book reviews not listed here, see the attached CV.

 

 

Interests

German Idealism, European Romanticism, Intellectual & cultural history (18th-20th centuries), literary & cultural theory, history of science, psychology, & the humanities, Austrian studies

GSD 361F • Squaring The Vienna Circle

38435 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 337
(also listed as C L 323, EUS 347, PHL 327 )
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DESCRIPTION:

 Today's Anglo-American Analytic Philosophy grows out of the tradition of Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism as it evolved in the circles around Wittgenstein in England after the Second World War, and it positions itself over and against Continental Philosophy.  That positioning, however, obscures how Wittgenstein and the group that Viktor Kraft, the first historian of the Vienna Circle of Logical Positivism, took over a much broader cultural project that is echoed in the work of twentieth-century theorists and philosophers from Walter Benjamin through Ernst Cassirer's Philosophy of Symbolic Forms.  Just as significant, the Vienna Circle's work parallels today's philosophy of science as practiced by figures like Bruno Latour.

This class will combine perspectives from philosophy and the history of philosophy to undertake a project in "historical epistemology":  it will trace how Logical Empiricism  actually came into being out of a set of methodological arguments about the philosophy of science and hermeneutics that were widespread in the late nineteenth century (and which find their echoes in figures as diverse as Nietzsche and Heidegger).  The new genesis narrative we will trace reverberates with problems of forced migration and emigration, as a generation of theorists and philosophers were forced out of continental Europe and to the US and Great Britain by the Nazis.  And in order to find their feet, these émigrés took up new projects and redefined their work for new audiences, offering a set of cases of culture transfer -- cases where philosophical logics responded directly, if tacitly, to politics and culture.

No background in philosophy is required for this course, and all readings will be available in English on the class blackboard site.    Background reading on the history of science will ground our readings of primary texts, and each student will be responsible for evolving a semester project in writing a specific philosopher or project into a new kind of intercultural history of ideas.

CLASS READINGS WILL INCLUDE (all in excerpts):

Ludwig Wittgenstein:   The Blue and Brown Books

Nietzsche:  On the Genealogy of Morals

Essays by Windelband and Rickert on the "science debate" of the nineteenth century.

Wilhelm Dilthey, On the Crisis of the European Sciences

Husserl, The Idea of Phenomenology

Cassirer, The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms

Benjamin,

Viktor Kraft, The Vienna Circle

Janik/Toulmin, Wittgenstein's Vienna

Friedrich Stadler, The Vienna Circle

Wittgenstein, Waisman, The Voices of Wittgenstein

Lakatos/Feyerabend, For and Against Method

Essays by Carnap, Neurath, Latour

ASSIGNMENTS:

Daily readings

Three one-page précis (analysis of individual texts) = 3 x 5% of grade =15% of grade

Midterm writing assignment = 10 % of grade

One comprehensive final essay test = 25% of grade

One semester project, done in stages (history/biography section [5% of grade], bibliography/research plan [5% of grade],  close reading of a text [15% of grade], plus 10-page paper presenting one issue from the texts read in class together with individual work [25% of grade]).

GER 382N • 20th-C Grmnophn Thought/Nexes

38550 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 232
(also listed as C L 381 )
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DESCRIPTION

"German" thought and intellectual history, like any other type of history, is a questionable construct.  This course will be designed to introduce several critical moments in that history, mainly from the latter twentieth century, as a way of situating this body of twentieth-century thought as a transnational nexus rather than a national project.    By tracing how the theorists, their work, and their students migrated, we can recover points of contact that elucidate the political and epistemological weight of projects that have mutated within their new national contexts.

The point of this course is twofold: 

  1. To provide an environment to read and discuss a set of texts at the gorder of philosophy and theory that are central to the twentieth century
  2. To outline a context for 20th-century thought beyond the nationalist paradigm that fails in light of the era's intellectual migration, and thereby to open new opportunities for understanding these seminal texts.

TEXTS

Readings will include the following (some in brief excerpt, some in fuller versions):

  • Freudianisms:  Mitscherlich, Horney, Fromm, Erikson
  • Existenzphilosophie/Existentialism:  Jaspers, Heidegger, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Chardin, Bloch
  • Sociology/Frankfurt School:  Ralph Mannheim, Norbert Elias, Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas, Luhmann,
  • Sociology/Anthropology/History:  Gregory Bateson, Wilhelm Wundt, Kosellek,
  • Philosophy of Language:  Wittgenstein, Speech Act theory,  Cassirer (philosophy of symbolic forms)
  • Philosophy of Science: Teilhard de Chardin, Neurath, Mach, Foucault
  • Art History:  Alois Riegl, Gombrich, Panofsky, Benjamin, Bourdieu (Habitus), Aby Warburg
  • Political philosophy:  Marcuse, Hannah Arendt, Cassirer, Karl Popper, Lukacs

This course requires no background knowledge, but just a willingness to confront a diverse body of texts in philosophy/theory/thought.  Knowledge of German is helpful, but not necessary;  virtually all texts are available in English.

GRADING

Final project:  Annotated bibliography on one area of theory (to be discussed with instructor) that will further the student's individual goals = 25% of grade

Short interpretations =  5 @ 10% each = 50%

Short paper (in the nature of a Wikipedia article) documenting the roots and transmission of a problem/body of texts/ author's work (etc.) transnationally, with the goal of establishing a provenance for a body of work relevant to the student's project = 25%

GER 382M • Transform Of Eur: Crt/City/Nat

38085 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 232
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This course will follow Norbert Elias’ Court Society, Pierre Bourdieu’s  Distinction, and Michel de Certeau’s Mystic Fable to investigate the shift in history and in human consciousness that happened in Europe between approximately 1770 and 1830.  This era saw the end of Absolutism, the French Revolution, Napoleon’s conquests, and the Restoration after the Congress of Vienna. This course uses this era of crisis to set up a number of case studies in "German"  cultural history, to explore the various ways in which historical shifts can cause changes in both individual and cultural consciousness.

The first case study is one in representational consciousness:  using Peter Burke’s book on Louis XIV as a starting point, we will outline what constituted personal and national identity under absolutism and in “court style.”  The most familiar cultural texts here are Mozart’s Zauberflöte  and Goethe’s Götz von Berlichingen.

The second case study is one in political consciousness:  using Black Bread, White Bread (on Germany’s reaction to the French Revolution), we will trace the formation of reactions to the French Revolution in works by three generations of authors, from Wieland through Büchner. 

The third case study focuses on cultural consciousness.  Given the continental blockade and other political disruptions of the Napoleanic era, the countries of Europe were forced to reevaluate their cultural identities. Each country was forced into rewriting its own history and legends in light of new demands.  The splits in affiliation -- differences in cultural styles -- are highlighted in Goethe’s Werther and Wilhelm Meister, Mme. de Stael’s On Germany, as a reaction that reformulates the identity of a cultural elite.

The fourth case study is one of class consciousness leading to new national  and personal consciousness.  Metternich’s Europe attempted to reimpose an aristocratic order on a Europe that had rejected many of its bases, often through censorship.  To counter it, a “new Germany” became part of the myth of the middle class, redefining the citizen at the margin/center of the empire (still evident in Stifter’s Hochwald).

The course will be appropriate to any student interested in literary or cultural history (and not just of the era under question).  The assignments are designed to teach how to use a historical framework to unfold cultural artifacts (literary, philosophical, institutional, or personal-subjective) -- to interpret historically in a way that New Historicists would recognize as valid, without reducing the specific strategy of communication used in each kind of cultural production. 

Readings

Readings will be from a mixture of primary and secondary texts, some in excerpt (and, by necessity, some by non-German-language authors).  All compulsory readings will be on reserve.

Grading

10%     Two oral text introductions (5% each)

20%     Four abstracts (250-500 words each, 5% each)

40%     Two 6-page text interpretations (20% each)

30%     Paper (rewrite of one of the earlier ones)

GER 382N • The French-German Connection

38017 • Spring 2012
Meets M 1000am-100pm BUR 333
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An interdisciplinary investiation of the significance of ideological structures of thought in historical contexts. Emphasis is on the genealogy, interpretative power, and critical reception of ideas that inform the ends and methods of German studies as a discpline. Three lecture hours a weekfor one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

GER 382N • States Of Exception, Theories

38065 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 234
(also listed as C L 382 )
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This course imagines modern political thought through the lens of 19th and 20th century German thought and political experience as the crucible for particular analyses of the political as such -- not necessarily theories of state or justice, but pragmatic analyses of the political as states of being.  These texts are often complicated by their relationships to particular historical moments, from Bismarck's Kulturkampf and Germany's unique path to colonialism in Africa, through the Third Reich and Europe's responses to this industrialized genocide and its unthinkability (including existentialism and Existenz-Philosophie).  German history and thought inspired by it are reemerging as significant political documents in an era of post-nationalism.

This course pursues core German texts on the political as a state of being, and its resonances beyond Germany's borders.  It will take up how German thought (starting with Marx, Schmitt, Clausewitz, and Weber) created modalities of political ratiocination that transmitted transformative theoretical concepts to the globe, and an image of politics centered around the individual, violence, social isolation, and revolution, rather than around governmentality.  A mixture of texts from German and French sources (the latter particularly colored by the Second World War) will map this particular approach to the "political" and how it resonated abroad.  The unique political experience of a nation never organized like a modern nation-state signals a complete reconceptualization of what the global political sphere.

This course will combine readings of excerpts with lecture, and with an evolving project in the historiography of intellectual history.  As it presents issues raised at various political moments in or in response to German history, it will highlight problems of periodization and canonicity raised by the assumption of a "German" tradition of political thought that actually originated in a nation-state with radically multiple political identities, a discontinuous political entity unlike that posited in most theories of politics and governmental from France and England.   The goal is to help students identify what disciplines these texts belong to and the voices of the contemporary debates concerning them.

 

TEXTS

All text will be available in English, but it will be expected that students working in German or French use editions in the original languages in their papers and as part of their bibliographies. 

Nineteenth Century

  • Clausewitz, On War (war as economic and technological engagement)
  • Kant, Perpetual Peace
  • Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto, The Civil War in France
  • Nietzsche, Birth of Tragedy
  • Max Weber, Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Capitalism
  • The cases of Belgian and German colonialisms and technologies of violence  (Isabel Hull, Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany, and Adam Hochschild, King Leopold's Ghost)

Moving into the Modern State:  Weimar through the Third Reich

  • Carl Schmitt, On Dictatorship, The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy, The Concept of the Political
  • Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History, Origin of Tragedy
  • Adorno/Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment
  • Adorno, et al.  The Authoritarian Personality
  • Paul Tillich, The Interpretation of History
  • Roger Caillois, exceprts from College of Sociology volume

Responses to Nazism and the Experience of Totalitarianism

  • Martin Heidegger, Letter on Humanism
  • Karl Jaspers, Philosophy of Existence
  • Simone de Beauvoir, Ethics of Ambiguity
  • Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness
  • Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism

Later Responses:  Re-Thinking the Totalitarian-Military-Industrial State

  • Jean-François Lyotard:  Heidegger and "the jews", The Political Ontology of Martin Heidegger
  • Klaus Theweleit, Male Fantasies
  • Georges Bataille, Accursed Share
  • Pierre Klossowski, Sade, My Neighbor
  • Giorgio Agamben, States of Exception, Homo Sacer
  • Zizek, Badiou, Sarah Kofman

 

GRADING

  • Four précis assignments (one-page analyses, one for each section of the course) = 4 x 5%  = 20% of the grade
  • Project proposal:  statement of what aspect of "the political" pertains to one's own work and what "the canon" of that aspect of the political will be = 10% of grade
  • Annotated bibliography:  Assembling the canon of the chosen thread of intellectual history (primary and secondary texts) = 20% of grade
  • Short essay (abstract plus conference-length paper):  Arguing a single text (or small group of related texts) as part of a German and European tradition  = 20% of grade
  • Final project:  Topic in consultation with Professor; formal academic paper of 15-20 pp, arguing for the applicability/salience of some theory texts in understanding an artifact of culture or a moment in history, capitalizing on the bibliography and short paper = 30% of grade

GRC 362E • Squaring The Vienna Circle

38400 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 337
(also listed as C L 323, EUS 347, PHL 354 )
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Description

Today's Anglo-American Analytic Philosophy grows out of the tradition of Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism as it evolved in the circles around Wittgenstein in England after the Second World War, and it positions itself over and against Continental Philosophy.  That positioning, however, obscures how Wittgenstein and the group that Viktor Kraft, the first historian of the Vienna Circle of Logical Positivism, took over a much broader cultural project that is echoed in the work of twentieth-century theorists and philosophers from Walter Benjamin through Ernst Cassirer's Philosophy of Symbolic Forms.  Just as significant, the Vienna Circle's work parallels today's philosophy of science as practiced by figures like Bruno Latour.

This class will combine perspectives from philosophy and the history of philosophy to undertake a project in "historical epistemology":  it will trace how Logical Empiricism  actually came into being out of a set of methodological arguments about the philosophy of science and hermeneutics that were widespread in the late nineteenth century (and which find their echoes in figures as diverse as Nietzsche and Heidegger).  The new genesis narrative we will trace reverberates with problems of forced migration and emigration, as a generation of theorists and philosophers were forced out of continental Europe and to the US and Great Britain by the Nazis.  And in order to find their feet, these émigrés took up new projects and redefined their work for new audiences, offering a set of cases of culture transfer -- cases where philosophical logics responded directly, if tacitly, to politics and culture.

No background in philosophy is required for this course, and all readings will be available in English on the class blackboard site. Background reading on the history of science will ground our readings of primary texts, and each student will be responsible for evolving a semester project in writing a specific philosopher or project into a new kind of intercultural history of ideas.

 

Class Readings will Include (all in excerpts):

Ludwig Wittgenstein:   The Blue and Brown Books

Nietzsche:  On the Genealogy of Morals

Essays by Windelband and Rickert on the "science debate" of the nineteenth century.

Wilhelm Dilthey, On the Crisis of the European Sciences

Husserl, The Idea of Phenomenology

Cassirer, The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms

Benjamin,

Viktor Kraft, The Vienna Circle

Janik/Toulmin, Wittgenstein's Vienna

Friedrich Stadler, The Vienna Circle

Wittgenstein, Waisman, The Voices of Wittgenstein

Lakatos/Feyerabend, For and Against Method

Essays by Carnap, Neurath, Latour

 

Assignments:

Daily readings

Three one-page précis (analysis of individual texts) = 3 x 5% of grade =15% of grade

Midterm writing assignment = 10 % of grade

One comprehensive final essay test = 25% of grade

One semester project, done in stages (history/biography section [5% of grade], bibliography/research plan [5% of grade],  close reading of a text [15% of grade], plus 10-page paper presenting one issue from the texts read in class together with individual work [25% of grade]).

GER 392 • The French Connection

37880 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 234
(also listed as C L 382 )
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GER 382: The French Connection: German Theory in Comparative Contexts

Semester: Fall, 2010    TTH 12:30-2, BUR 232  Unique 37880 (= CL 382 unique 32970)

          Office:  BUR 320      Office Hours:  T 12-12:30 and by appointment

          Contact:  k.arens@mail.utexas.edu  (512-232-6363) 

 

Course Description

          This course is designed to correlate the emergence and adaptation of major streams of 19th and 20th-century criticism with specific cultural/political/social agenda of their contexts.  The goal is to take a comparative approach to theory, to show how philosophical models adapt under institutional pressures over time -- the fundamental problem of an historical epistemology.  In particular, we will stress how tacit problems remain when nineteenth-century German philosophical models are reintroduced into twentieth-century contexts (particularly in France, but also in Germany and the United States).

          This course will focus on how to read theory comparatively and diachronically, instead of internationally and synchronically, working with theory as philosophical interpretive models undergoing national adaptations in a "source and target" model or what has come to be called a project of historical epistemology, correlating scientific knowledge with a cultural context.  It will reveal the secret of the 20th century theory project:  most, if not all, contemporary theory sources back to six to seven Germanophone philosophers.

            Over the course of the semester, each student will be responsible for building up their own philosophy/theory project.  Ideally, students should have a reading knowledge of German and French for this course; practically, most major texts are available in translation, and will be on reserve. 

 

Grading

  • First writing assignment = 20 % of grade
  • 3 précis x 5% of grade = 15 % of grade
  • Second writing assignment (abstract) = 25% of grade
  • Final paper or bibliography = 40% of grade
  • Plus/minus grading will be used.

GER 389K.1 • Fundamentals Of Scholarship

38495 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 234
(also listed as C L 382 )
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cross list with C L 382. 33445

Complete syllabus materials attached to this page as pdf.

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GER 389K.1 Fundamentals of Scholarship  = x-list CL382

Instructor:  Katherine Arens                                  k.arens@mail.utexas.edu         

Office:  Burdine 320;  Hours W 9-11 and by appointment                                   

 

Description:

            This course is designed for beginning graduate students, to introduce the various branches of literary, linguistic,  and cultural studies today, in the context of the national literatures and for comparative literature. 

            The first section of the course focuses on today’s professions of teaching and research in languages and literature; it introduces literary, linguistic, and cultural studies as professions and as areas of scholarship.  Intertwined with this introduction of the major subject areas will be systematic work on bibliographic and reference sources, professional organizations, journals, and conferences. The goal of this introduction is to aid students in developing efficient research strategies and to familiarize them with basic reference tools;  students will work on evolving their own lists of professional tools as they go along. 

            The second section of the course is an introduction institutions of higher education, and how they function and will affect your career. The third section of this course introduces major streams of literary and cultural theory (including some kinds of linguistics), as they can be used to analyze the texts and artifacts at the basis of literary, linguistic, and cultural studies.        

            Throughout the course, students will be working on entries on the Texas Theory Wiki (http://www.laits.utexas.edu/wiki/theory), as practice in research and basic writing, and in order to familiarize themselves with basic areas of literary, linguistics, and cultural studies.                                                                                              

 

Assignments and Grading:

Personal Bibliographic Wiki Page = 10% of grade

CV and Personal website on WEBSPACE =   10 % of grade

3 Wiki articles @ 10% each = 30% of grade

Set of Wiki annotations = 5 % of grade

Two précis, due as indicated on syllabus = 2 x 5% of grade = 10% of grade

Two end of semester portfolios  =  25% of grade

Online comprehensive final  = 10% of grade

 

**NOTE:  for assignments other than the in-class final, full credit will be given for appropriate work done on them, not for any “correct” or exhaustive answer.  Conversely, points will be deducted for answers that do not address the full scope of the assignment, or that simply do not make an appropriate attempt to identify and fulfill the tasks set in the assignments. 

More time spent will not necessarily mean a better grade, since you will be graded on quality and logic rather than on sheer quantity.

 

 

UGS 303 • Exiled To Hollywood

64900-64925 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 930-1100 CAL 100
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This course is UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES 303 (UGS). 

THE FULL SYLLABUS IS ATTACHED AS A PDF to this description.

UGS 303:  Exiled to Hollywood: Immigrants in the Movie Machine

Hollywood’s golden age, from the 1930s through the 1960s, was due in no small part to the presence of emigrants or refugees: actors, directors, writers, studio heads, and technical production people.  That influence continues today.

This course will introduce you to some of their finest films, and to the problems faced by artists in exile then and now ,as they try to recoup careers and reputations, and deal with media, publicity, stereotyping, and  language barriers.  Case studies here will favor especially  “Austria in Hollywood.”   From Klaus Maria Brandauer through Arnold Schwarzenegger, from The Sound of Music to Sunset Boulevard, Ninotchka to Eyes Wide Shut -- these are the figures, texts, and films that create, transcend, exploit, and perpetuate international images of their homelands.  Yet within the culture industries, this exemplary immigrant community offered  an unparalleled  source of film industry talent and critical intelligence,  contributing   an urbane, witty tone to the Hollywood film, joining entertainment to sophisticated social criticism. 

These films will also be used to introduce how to “read” plays, films, and media  and think critically about their content -- especially what it means to cross cultural lines, to import and export culture across political and social boundaries.  Topics to be addressed include:adaptations (book to play to film to remakes)

  • adaptations (book to play to film to remakes)
  • conventions and  stereotyping
  • film genres
  • directors, esp. Ernst Lubitsch & Billy Wilder
  • famous faces:  how celebrity works

Readings: 

  • Neal Gabler.  An Empire of Their Own:  How the Jews Invented Hollywood.  New York:  Anchor Books, 1988.  ISBN 0-385-26557-3
  • Otto Friedrich.  City of Nets:  A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s.  Berkeley:  U of California P, 1997 [orig. 1986]  ISBN 0-520-20949-4

Recommended:

  •  Cornelius Schnauber, Hollywood Haven: Homes and Haunts of the European Emigres and Exiles in Los Angeles.  (Trans.Barbara Zeisl Schoenberg.)  Riverside, CA:  Ariadne, 1997;  # ISBN: 1572410426
  • Joseph Straubhaar and Robert LaRose.    Media Now:  Understanding Media, Culture, and Technology.  Belmont, CA:  Thompson/Wadsworth, any recent edition

Other Readings on the Class Blackboard Site

  • *This course is designed to fulfill the 6  requirements for a signature course: <http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/sig/propose/requirements>
  • *This course uses as its Gem the Fine Arts Library's media collections and PCL's general collections; see <http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/sig/propose/requirements/gems>.
  • * This class will NOT use +/- grading.

Assignments and grading:

  • "Introduce your group " Wiki page: 5% of final grade
  • Daily Quizzes = 10 %   (2 points each:  one for taking it, one for correctness;  includesattendance at University Lecture series (2 events).
  • Film Worksheets = 2 x 10 % =   20 %
  • Group project, posted online = 20 % (any section submitted late will be a 3% deduction)
  • Midterm = 20 %Final = 25 % (15% for essay test;  10% for individual project submission)

 

Publications

Arens, K. & Swaffar, J. (2005) Remapping the Foreign Language Curriculum: A Multi-Literacies Approach [book]. New York: Modern Language Association.

Arens, K. (2001) Empire in Decline: Fritz Mauthner's Critique of Wilhelminian Germany [book]. New York: Peter Lang.

Arens, K., Janet Swaffar. & Susan Romano. (1998) Language Learning Online: Theory and Practice in the ESL and L2 Classroom [edited book]. Austin, TX: Labyrinth Publications.

Arens, K. (1996) Austria and Other Margins: Reading Culture [book]. Columbia, SC: Camden House.

Arens, K. & Jorun B. Johns, eds. (1994) Elfriede Jelinek: Framed by Language [edited book]. Riverside: Ariadne Press.

Arens, K., Swaffar, J.K. & Byrnes, H. (1991) Reading for Meaning: An Integrated Approach to Language Learning [book]. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Vansant, J., Swaffar, J., Arens, K., Shattuck, S. & Gaettens, M. (1990) Blickwechsel [textbook]. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.

Arens, K. (1989) Structures of Knowing: Psychologies of the Nineteenth Century [book]. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 113 Dordrecht: Reidel.

Arens, K. (1984) Functionalism and Fin de siécle: Fritz Mauthner's Critique of Language [book]. Bern: Peter Lang.

"Belehrende Öffentlichkeitssphäre oder didaktischer Erinnerungsraum?  Geschichtsdramen als Verwirklichung von Geschichtsvorstellung."  Hebbel Jahrbuch 65 (2010), 81-93 [article]

"Hochdruck über Österreich: Kultur und Wissenschaft."  Jahrbuch der Grillparzer-Gesellschaft (Wien:  Lehner), 3. Folge, Bd. 21 (2010) 35-46 [article].

 The Field of Culture:  The Standards as a Model for Teaching Culture.  The Modern Language Journal, 94, #2 (2010): 321-324.[article]

Erklären, Verstehen,  and Embodied Rationalities:  Scientific Praxis as Regional Ontology.  IN:  Uljana Feest, ed.  Historical Perspectives on Erklären and Verstehen.  Archimedes: New Studies in the History of Science and Technology, 21.Dordrecht:  Springer, 2010.  141-159. [chapter]

Arens, K. (2009). The Culture of 'Culture': The Paradox of Primacy in the Kulturwissenschaften.  In: The Meaning of Culture:  German Studies in the 21st Century, eds. Martin Kagel and Laura Tate Kagel.  Hannover:  Wehrhahn Verlag.  42-62 [chapter]

Arens,. K. (2009).  Teaching Culture: The  Standards as an Optic on Curriculum Development.  IN:  Virginia M. Scott, ed., Principles and Practices of the Standards in College Foreign Language Instruction.  AAUSC Issues in Language Program Directions, 2009.  Boston:  Heinle/Cenage:  160-180.[Chapter]

Arens, K. (2008) Disciplining Psychoanalysis: Freud's New Science and the Medicalization of the Subject [chapter]. In R.S. Thomas (Ed.), Madness and Crime in Modern Austria: Myth, Metaphor and Cultural Realities. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.  29-41.

Arens, K. (2008) Genres and the Standards: Teaching the 5 C's through Texts [article]. German Quarterly, 81(1), 35-48.

Arens, K. (2008) Pyrrhus et Cinéas: Un nouvel empire de l'écriture philosophique [chapter]. In T. Stauder (Ed.), Simone de Beauvoir cent ans apres sa naissance: Contributions interdisciplinaires de cinq continents (pp.199-210). Tubingen: Gunter Narr Verlag.

Arens, K. (2007) Credibility: The Next Challenge [article]. German Quarterly, 80(4), 421-424.

Arens, K. (2007) Stadtwollen: Benjamin's Arcades Project and the Problem of Method [article]. PMLA, 122(1), 43-60.

Arens, K. (2007) Response to Forum: Is Literature Still Central to German Studies [article]. German Quarterly, 80(1). 104.

Arens, K. (2007-2008) Die Klassik als Tyrannei der Moderne: Wie Grillparzer Weimar widersteht [article]. Jahrbuch der Grillparzer-Gesellschaft, 22, 13-50.

Arens, K. (2007) The Four-Fold Way to Internationalism: Grillparzer's Non-National Historical Literacy [chapter]. In R. Whitinger & C. Ruthner (Eds.), Aneignungen, Entfremdungen: The Austrian Playwright Franz Grillparzer (pp.21-48). New York: Peter Lang.
Arens, K. (2007) Kristeva on the Encyclopedists: Linguistics, Semanalysis, and the Epistemology of Enlightenment Science [chapter]. In D.A. Kibbee (Ed.), History of Linguistics 2005: Selected Papers from the Tenth International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHOLS X), 1-5 September 2005, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (pp.416-431). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Arens, K. (2007) Expert Personae in the Humanities: Ideologies of Academic Performance in the Knowledge Economy [article]. The International Journal of the Humanities, 5(1), 141-147.

Arens, K. (2006) Glücklich ist, wer [nicht] vergisst: From Museum Culture to Broadway-an-der-Wien [chapter]. In G. Bayer (Ed.), Mediating Germany: Popular Culture between Tradition and Innovation (pp.73-91). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Arens, K. (2006) "Das Schiff ist das Urbild einer sehr besonderen und strengen Regierungsform": Herder's Journey to Hermeneutic Conversion [article]. Herder Jahrbuch/Herder Yearbook, 8, 43-59.

Arens, K. (2005) Globalizing Information: Accountability and Disciplinarity [article]. German Quarterly, 78(3), 374-378.

Arens, K. (2005, May) When Comparative Literature Becomes Cultural Studies: Teaching Cultures through Genre [article]. Comparatist: Journal of the Southern Comparative Literature Association, 29, 123-147.
Arens, K. (2005) From Kristeva to Deleuze: The Encyclopedists and the Philosophical Imaginary [chapter]. In S.H. Daniel (Ed.), Current Continental Theory and Modern Philosophy (pp.179-196). Evanston, IL: Nortwestern UP.
Arens, K. & Markus Weidler. (2004) I and Thou [translation of section by Buber]. In R.C. Solomon (Ed.), Existentialism. Oxford: Oxford UP.

Arens, K., Fowler, N., Gilbert, L.A., Payne, S.M., Reichl, L.E. & Staiger, J. (2004, Fall) Graphic Stories: Representing the Status of Female Faculty [article]. Feminist Studies, 30(3), 689-701.

Arens, K. & Eyck, J.R. (2004, Spring) The Court of Public Opinion: Lessing, Goethe, and Werther [article]. Monatshefte, 96(1), 40-61.

Arens, K. (2004) Antäus and the Critique of Language: Fritz Mauthner's Gruppe [chapter]. In L. Bernays (Ed.), Otto Friedrich Gruppe 1804-1876: Philosoph, Dichter, Philologe (pp.73-94). Freiburg im Breisgau: Rombach Verlag.
Arens, K. (2004) Beyond Vienna 1900: Habsburg Identities in Central Europe [chapter]. In M. Cornis-Pope & J. Neubauer (Eds.), A History of the Literary Cultures of East Central Europe: Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Vol. 1 (pp.216-228). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.
Arens, K. (2004) Central Europe's Catastrophes on Film: The Case of István Szabó [chapter]. In M. Cornis-Pope & J. Neubauer (Eds.), A History of the Literary Cultures of East Central Europe: Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Vol. 1 (pp.548-558). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.

Arens, K. (2004) Said's Colonial Fantasies: How Orientalism Marginalizes Eighteenth-Century Germany [article]. Herder Jahrbuch, 7, 11-29.

Arens, K. (2004) Colonialism in Austria: Fritz Mauthner's Bohmenian Novellas [chapter]. In E. Leinfellner & J. Thunecke (Eds.), Br (pp.149-166). Wuppertal: Arco Verlag.

Arens, K. (2003) Castrati and the Masquerade of the Eighteenth Century: Farinelli and Sitwell [article]. 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, 9, 237-268.

Arens, K. (2003, July) Geister der Zeit: The Allies' Enlightenment and German Literary History [article]. JEGP, 102(3), 336-361.

Arens, K. (2003) Why Austrian Studies Isn't German Studies: Germanophone Culture(s) -- A Once and Future Tale [article]. Modern Austrian Literature, 36, # 1/2, 53-68.

Arens, K. (2003) Arthur Schnitzler and the Discourse of Gender [chapter]. In C. Dagmar & G. Lorenz (Eds.), Companion to the Works of Arthur Schnitzler (pp.243-264). Rochester, NY: Camden House.

Arens, K. (2003) Jefferson in Paris: Imperious History, Un-Domesticated [article]. Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert, 27(1), 76-84.

Arens, K. (2003) Dreams, Visions, and Cosmology: Swedenborg and the Protestant Reformation in Science [chapter]. In B. Dieterle & M. Engel (Eds.), The Dream and the Enlightenment/Le Rêve et les Lumières (pp.135-167). Paris: Honoré Campion.

Arens, K. (2002, October) Mayerling: Women's Lives, Affairs of State. Royal Ballet, Covent Garden.

Arens, K. (2002, Fall) Canons, Generations, Bridges: Rethinking Our Gardens [article]. ADFL Bulletin, 34(1), 21-25.

Arens, K. (2002) Hanswurst redux: Staberl, Titus, and Annina [article]. Modern Austrian Literature, 35 (3-4), 1-26.

Arens, K. & Valdez, M.K. (2002, Spring) Anna Karenina: Medical Propriety as Social Practice [article]. South-Central Review, 19(1), 26-52.

Arens, K. (2002) Teaching and the MLA International Bibliography [article]. Profession, 158-163.

Arens, K. (2002) The Persistence of Kasperl in Memory: H. C. Artmann and Peter Handke [chapter]. In L. DeMeritt & M. Lamb-Faffelberger (Eds.), Postwar Austrian Theater: Text And Performance (pp.33-53). Riverside, CA: Ariadne Press.
Arens, K. (2002) The Habsburg Myth: Austria in the Writing Curriculum [article reprint], in Teaching German: Past Progress amd Future Progress. In G. Peters (Ed.), (pp.163-180). AATG.
Arens, K. (2002) Hofmannsthal's Essays: Conservation as Revolution [chapter]. In T.A. Kovach (Ed.), A Companion to the Works of Hugo von Hofmannsthal (pp.181-202). Rochester, NY: Camden House.
Arens, K. (2002) Politics, History, and Public Intellectuals in Central Europe after 1989 [chapter]. In S. Totosy de Zepetnek (Ed.), Comparative Central European Culture (pp.115-132). West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.
Arens, K. (2002) Eclipses, Floods, and Other Biedermeier Catastrophes: The theatrum mundi of Revolution [chapter]. In R. Pichl & C.A. Bernd (Eds.), The Other Vienna: The Culture of Biedermeier Austria, (pp.173-188). Wien: Lehner.

Arens, K. (2000) Adalbert Stifter. The Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English.  Ed. Olive Classe.  2 Vols.  London:  Fizroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000: 1336-1338

Arens, K. (2000) Heimito von Doderer. The Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English.  Ed. Olive Classe.  2 Vols.  London:  Fizroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000:  363-365

Arens, K. (2000) MarxOxford Guide to Literature in English Translation.  Ed. Peter France.  Oxford:  Oxford UP, 2000:  327-329

Arens, K. (2000) NietzscheOxford Guide to Literature in English Translation.  Ed. Peter France.  Oxford:  Oxford UP, 2000:  329- 330

Arens, K. (2000) Freud. Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation.  Ed. Peter France.  Oxford:  Oxford UP, 2000:  321-325

Arens, K. (2000) Kant, Hegel, and Romantic PhilosophyOxford Guide to Literature in English Translation.  Ed. Peter France.  Oxford:  Oxford UP, 2000: 325-327

Arens, K. (2000) Karl KrausThe Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English.  Ed. Olive Classe.  2 Vols.  London:  Fizroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000: 776-778

Arens, K. (2000, January) Johann NestroyThe Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English.  Ed. Olive Classe.  2 Vols.  London:  Fizroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000:  997-999

Arens, K. (2000) Translators Who Are Not Traitors: Herder's and Lessing's Enlightenment [article]. Herder Jahrbuch/Herder Yearbook, 5, 91-109.

Arens, K. & Swaffar, J. (2000, January/February) Reading Goals and the Standards for Foreign Language Learning [article]. FLAnnals, 33(1), 104-122.

Arens, K. (1999, Fall) For Want of a Word: The Case for Germanophone [article]. Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 32(2), 130-142.

Arens, K. (1999) German for Reading Knowledge Tutorial [learning website]

Arens, K. & Rader, J. (1999) Women's Studies Reading and Resource List. The Center for Women's Studies Austin, TX: The Center for Women's Studies.

Arens, K. & Swaffar, J. (1998) Going the Distance: Reading [educational website]

Arens, K. (1998) From Caillois to 'The Laugh of the Medusa': Vectors of a Diagonal Science. Textual Practice, 12(2), 225-250. [article]

Arens, K. (1998) The Linguistics of French Feminism: Sémanalyse as Critical Discourse Practice [article]. Intertexts, 2(2), 171-184.

Arens, K. (1998) Discourse Analysis as Critical Historiography: A Sémanalyse of Mystic Speech [article]. Rethinking History, 2(1), 23-50.

Arens, K. & Richmond-Garza, E.M. (1997) The Canon of Theory: Report on an Institutional Case [article]. Comparative Literature Studies, 34(4), 392-413.

Arens, K. (1997) Engagement. In F. Eigler & S. Kord (Eds.), The Feminist Encyclopedia of German Lilterature (pp.111-112). Greenwood Press.
Arens, K. (1997) Phenomenology. In F. Eigler & S. Kord (Eds.), The Feminist Encyclopedia of German Lilterature (pp.395-395). Greenwood Press.
Arens, K. (1997) Existentialism. In F. Eigler & S. Kord (Eds.), The Feminist Encyclopedia of German Lilterature (pp.131-133). Greenwood Press.

Arens, K. (1996, Fall) The Habsburg Myth: Austria in the Writing Curriculum [article]. Unterrichtspraxis, 29(2), 174-187.

Arens, K. (1996, September) Wilhelm Griesinger: Psychiatry between Philosophy and Praxis [article]. Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, 3(3), 147-163.
Arens, K. (1996, March) Commentary on 'Lumps and Bumps: Kantian Faculty Psychology, Phrenology, and Twentieth-Century Psychiatric Classification [article]. Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, 3(1), 15-16.
Arens, K. (1996, March) Central Europe and the Nationalist Paradigm [article]. Working Papers in Austrian Studies, 96(1).

Arens, K. (1996) A Power-Base of Our Own: A New Case for the Historiography of the Language Sciences [article]. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft, 6(1), 19-52.

Arens, K. (1996) On Rereading Paul's Prinzipien der Sprachgeschichte [chapter]. In K.R. Jankowsky (Ed.), Multiple Perspectives on the Historical Dimensions of Language (pp.105-114). M: Nodus Publications.

Arens, K. (1996) History as Knowledge: Herder, Kant, and the Human Sciences [chapter]Johann Gottfried Herder:  Academic Disciplines and the Pursuit of Knowledge. Ed. Wulf Koepke. Camden House Columbia, SC: Camden House.106-119.

Arens, K. (1995, Fall) Between Hypatia and Beauvoir: Philosophy as Discourse [article]. Hypatia, 10(4), 46-75.

Arens, K. (1995) Characterology: Weininger and Austrian Popular Science [chapter]. In N. Harrowitz & B. Hyams (Eds.), Jews and Gender: Responses to Otto Weininger (pp.121-139). Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Arens, K. (1995, Winter) H.D.'s Post-Freudian Cultural Analysis: Nike versus Oedipus [article]. American Imago, 52(4), 359-404.

Arens, K. (1995) Mach und Mauthner: Der Fall eines Paradigmawechsels [chapter]. In E. Leinfellner & H. Schleichert (Eds.), Fritz Mauthner: Das Werk eines Kritischen Denkers (pp.95-109). Wien: Böhlau.
Arens, K. (1993) Applied Scholarship in Foreign Languages: A Program of Study in Professional Development [chapter]. In D.P. Benseler (Ed.), The Dynamics of Language Program Direction (pp.33-63). Boston: Heinle & Heinle.

Arens, K., Josef Brozek. & Vilém Kuthan. (1991) Contributions to the History of Psychology: LXXVII. Note on Issues for the Discipline [short article]. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 72, 637-638.

Arens, K., Brozek, J. & Kuthan, V. (1991) Contributions to the History of Psychology: LXXXIII. J.E. Purkinje and Mathias Klotz: Who First Described 'The Phenomenon'? [short article]. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 73, 511-514.

Arens, K. (1991, Fall) Training Graduate Students to Teach Culture: A Case Study [article]. ADFL Bulletin, 23(1), 35-41.

Arens, K. (1991, March) Robert Wilson: Is Postmodern Performance Possible? [article]. Theatre Journal, 43(1), 14-40.

Arens, K. (1990) Kant, Herder, and Psychology [chapter]Herder Today: Contributions from the International Herder Conference 1987.  Edited by Kurt Mueller-Vollmer.    Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. 190-206.

Arens, K. (1989, September) Der Seidelstein/Seidelstein [translation]. Dimension, 17(3), 344-353.

Arens, K. (1989) Characterology: Hapsburg Empire to Third Reich [article]. Literature and Medicine, 8, 128-155.

Arens, K. & Swaffar, J. (1987) Logik und Leseproze [article]. Deutsch als Fremdsprache, 24(2), 103-109.

Arens, K. & Swaffar, J. (1987, April) Tracking Objectives:Conceptual Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum [article]. ADFL Bulletin, 18(3), 16-20.

Arens, K. (1986) Schnitzler and Characterology [article]. Modern Austrian Literature, 19 (3/4), 97-127.

Arens, K. (1986, Summer) Mozart: A Case Study in Logocentric Repression [article]. Comparative Literature Studies, 23(2), 141-169.

Arens, K. (1985, April) Mach's Psychology of Investigation [article]. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 21(2), 151-168.

Arens, K. (1985) Between Disciplines and Methods: A Proposal for the Curriculum [article]. Journal of General Education, 36(14), 280-292.

Arens, K. & Swaffar, J. (1985) Die Grammatik des Textes [chapter]. In M. Heid (Ed.), Literarische Texte im kommunikativen Fremdsprachenunterricht: New Yorker Werkstattgespr (pp.290-351). Munich: Goethe-Institut.

Arens, K. (1984) Humboldt and Goethe's Märchen: A Generic Interpretation [article]. German Quarterly, 57(1), 42-58.

Arens, K. (1983) Kleist's 'Bettelweib von Locarno': A Propositional Analysis [article]. Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift, 57(3), 450-468.

Arens, K. (1983) Grammatik des Kontexts: Umriss und Bedingung eines kontextbezogenen Lernprozesses [chapter]. In New Yorker Werkstattgespr (pp.34-52). M: Goethe-Institut.

Arens, K. (1982) Linguistic Skepticism: Towards a Productive Definition [article]. Monatshefte, 74(2), 145-155.

Swaffar, J., Arens, K., & Morgan, M. (1982) Teacher Classroom Practices: Redefining Method as Task Hierarchy [article]. Modern Language Journal, 66(1), 24-33.

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