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GER 154C Topic: Introduction to Yiddish Language and Culture

Old Core: Lubin, CSIS or Lienhard students may use this course to meet core requirements. Education and Dyson students may use this course for Enhancement credit or Dyson overlay. This course is conducted in English.

Course Description: This course will introduce students to Yiddish language and culture. Through readings, viewing films and cultural trips, students will learn about the origin and development of Yiddish and its place in Jewish history. The past, present and future of Yiddish culture in Eastern Europe and America will be focused on as well. No knowledge of Yiddish is required. Films are in English or have English subtitles. All readings and discussions are in English.

3 credits

GER 154D Contemporary German Fiction: The Search for a New Identity

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II.

Course Description: This course will examine present day German writers in light of the Nazi past. We will ask throughout our readings whether it is possible to achieve a German identity free from the stain of recent history. We will proceed to a discussion and reflection on a matter of basic importance in the field of art appreciation: Should art have an ethical/moral obligation towards society or should art be unfettered by moral considerations?

3 credits