New Course, Fall 2017: German 65.03 -- Masterpieces of German Drama

GERM 65.03 - Masterpieces of German Drama

This course treats eight of the greatest plays ever written in German, paired to highlight historical links, thematic continuities, and formal innovations persisting throughout the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Lessing's Nathan der Weise and Frisch's Andorra address issues of religious and racial tolerance; Goethe's Iphigenie and Kleist's Penthesilea analyze attitudes toward women; Schiller's Wallenstein and Brecht's Mutter Courage examine the causes of history; Büchner's Dantons Tod and Weiss's Marat/Sade debate the reasons for revolution. Aided by audio and visual means, students also read theoretical texts concerning theater as practiced in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Conducted in German. Open to all classes. Taught at 2 by Ellis Shookman. Distributive: LIT; WCult: W