HIS 306N • GERMAN HISTORY THRU ITS CINEMA
This course presents an overview of German history via German films. Using contemporary films as our main primary sources, we will trace the development of Germany from a unified authoritarian monarchy in 1871 into a feeble, but culturally exciting, republic and then into a murderous dictatorship. We will examine the postwar years as Germany was divided into East and West and finally look at the new generation in post-unification Germany. Although we will cover the key events and historical figures involved, we will also focus on the everyday lives of ordinary women and men during the period. Close attention will be paid to issues of national identity and multiculturalism, the transformation of gender roles, the emergence of a culture of consumption, and the rise of the mass media.
Midterm: 30% 5 Film Responses: 10% Book review 15% Presentation 15% Final: 30%
Dietrich Orlow, /History of Modern Germany/, 6th edition, MySearchLab Series, 2009 Sabine Hake, /German National Cinema/, 2002 and a series of short electronic documents Every week, we will watch a feature film, including Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang), Jud Süß (Veit Harlan, 1940), The Murders are among us (Wolfgang Staudte, 1946) , Trace of Stones (Frank Beyer,1966) , Germany in Autumn (1977/1978, R. W. Fassbinder), Good Bye Lenin ! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003), Head on (Fatih Akin, 2004).