German 374. Contemporary German Cinema and Culture
This course offers an overview of the history of German cinema from 1945 until the present. Students will be introduced to the political, economic, and social conditions of Germany during the post-war and post-wall eras. As we study the larger socio-historical and cultural context of the films, we will learn how German identity has changed over the last century. Each week is thematically structured around one film and several readings, on topics such as “the Cold War and sexual repression,” “minority cinema,” and “history and memory.”
At the 300-level, we also will be targeting certain syntactical and grammatical issues that arise from students’ essays (written in German) and our discussions (held in German).