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Todd Heidt

Associate Professor in Modern Languages-German

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7416

theidt@​knox.edu

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Requirements

Requirements for the major

10 credits as follows:

  • GERM 210 and GERM 235
  • GERM 399 or GERM 400
  • Five additional credits in German at the 300-level
  • Allied fields: Two credits from courses outside of the German curriculum suggested by the student and approved by the program chair.

Requirements for the minor

5 credits

  • Three 200-level German courses (MODL 260E may substitute for one of the courses)
  • Two 300-level German courses

Course Descriptions

GERM 101. , GERM 102, GERM 103 Elementary German. (1)

The language skills: listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing. Essentials of grammar are completed during the beginning of GERM 103 and followed by readings in literature and culture, with extensive practice in speaking. Open to beginners, and placement by examination. Prerequisite(s): must follow sequence or permission of the instructor; T. Heidt; staff;

GERM 201. Intermediate German. (1)

Intensive review of basic German grammar and syntax through exploration of a broad range of materials: contemporary literature, video, newspaper and television materials, situational/conversational exercises and daily written assignments. Oral and written examinations. Prerequisite(s): GERM 103 or equivalent; T. Heidt; staff;

GERM 201Q. Intermediate Quick-Start German. (1/2)

Taught in conjunction with GERM 201, the course stresses the grammar and vocabulary necessary to discuss with Germans in Germany topics ranging from everyday life to past and current politics and culture. Over December Break, students stay with families and attend classes at the Gymnasien, or high schools. Further assignments are developed and overseen by the instructor. Prerequisite(s): GERM 103 or equivalent or permission of the instructor; An additional program fee covers the December Break portion of the course; Staff;

GERM 210. Conversation and Composition. (1)

Training in speaking and writing idiomatic German through exploration of materials from German language newspapers, contemporary literature, and film. Also includes selective grammar review on the intermediate level. Students will learn the basic skills they need to analyze literature and film (e.g. writing a summary, writing a characterization) and acquire the necessary vocabulary and cultural skills to live and study at a German University. Prerequisite(s): GERM 201 or equivalent; O; T. Heidt; staff;

GERM 235. Introduction to German Literature. (1)

Readings and discussions in German of various twentieth-century works. Critical analyses of narrative prose, drama, and poetry. HUM; Prerequisite(s): GERM 201 or equivalent; T. Heidt;

GERM 248. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

GERM 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of German not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

GERM 302. , GERM 302E Realism in the German Context. (1)

(In German or English) The realist tradition in German literature and film from the 19th century to the present. Students are presented with an overview of what German writers and filmmakers have viewed as 'life as it really is' and how they have chosen to represent 'reality' over the past 150 years. Prerequisite(s): GERM 235 or equivalent for GERM 302; sophomore standing or permission of the instructor for GERM 302E; T. Heidt;

GERM 317. Goethe. (1)

Reading and discussion of Goethe's major works, including selections from his lyric poetry. Class discussions in German. Prerequisite(s): GERM 235 or equivalent; Staff;

GERM 320. Advanced Conversation and Composition. (1)

Training in speaking and writing idiomatic German through exploration of materials from German language newspapers, contemporary literature, and film. Also includes selective grammar review at the advanced level, and intensive practice in conversation and composition. Students will improve the skills they need to analyze literature and film (e.g. writing a critical essay; writing a research paper) and improve the vocabulary and cultural skills to live and study at a German University. Prerequisite(s): GERM 210 or equivalent; W; T. Heidt;

GERM 324. , GERM 324E 19th Century German Culture. (1)

(In German or English) Course topics are the political and ideological consolidation of a German nation in the nineteenth century; intersections of the construct of nation with Germany's imaginary others; challenges posed to national identity by social, political, and intellectual developments. We discuss philosophy, literature, art, and music/opera in their social and political contexts. Thematic aspects of the course typically include: industrialization, urbanization, antisemitism, the culture/civilization distinction, class struggle, changing perceptions of the human subject. Prerequisite(s): GERM 235 or equivalent or permission of instructor for GERM 324; sophomore standing or permission of instructor for GERM 324E; GERM 324E cross-listed with HIST 324; T. Heidt;

GERM 324E. Nineteenth Century German Culture. (1)

Course topics are the political and ideological consolidation of a German nation in the nineteenth century; intersections of the construct of nation with Germany's imaginary others; challenges posed to national identity by social, political, and intellectual developments. We discuss philosophy, literature, art, and music/opera in their social and political contexts. Thematic aspects of the course typically include: industrialization, urbanization, antisemitism, the culture/civilization distinction, class struggle, changing perceptions of the human subject. Staff;

GERM 325. , GERM 325E German Culture: Focus on Berlin. (1)

(In German or English) Exploration of contemporary German culture through focus on the nation's once and future capital. This is not a cultural history course but is instead designed to give students insight into the people and concerns "behind the headlines." Course materials include both fiction and non-fiction (political and economic) readings, interviews, slides, film, video and music. Prerequisite(s): GERM 235 for GERM 325; sophomore standing or permission of the instructor for GERM 325E; GERM 325E satisfies HUM Foundations; T. Heidt;

GERM 326. , GERM 326E 1920's Berlin: Fears/Fantasies. (1)

(In German or English) Introduction to the society, culture, and politics of the Weimar Republic 1919-1933) with particular focus on Berlin. We investigate the literature, visual culture (including film), and political and philosophical writing of that period to acquaint ourselves with major themes of modernity that are still virulent today. The course content may include, but is not limited to, the political, social, and psychological impact of WWI; new technologies (radio, film); mass society and the city; the "New Woman"; the gay liberation movement; theatre, film, and cabaret; the rise of fascism. Prerequisite(s): GERM 235 or equivalent or permission of instructor for GERM 326; sophomore standing or permission of instructor for GERM 326E; GERM 326E cross-listed with HIST 326; T. Heidt;

GERM 328. Twentieth Century German Theater. (1)

German plays and theatrical techniques from the 1890s to the present, including naturalism, expressionism, epic theater, and documentary theater. Representative works from Hauptmann, Kaiser, Brecht, Frisch, Durrenmatt, Heiner Muller, Borchert, and others. Students participate in the production of one play in German. Prerequisite(s): GERM 235 or equivalent; N. Blackadder;

GERM 331. , GERM 331E German Fairy Tales in Context. (1)

In this course, students study the advent of the fairy tale genre in the context of the German literary tradition and against the background of the changing national consciousness of Germany around 1800. By analyzing the fairy tale, students will also address German cultural identities and values, ideas of nation building, and didacticism. We will also trace the appropriation and subversion of the fairy tale in later eras and the present. Other topics in this course might include: additional theoretical frameworks (i.e. feminism in fairy tales); queer identities; adolescent development; religion (i.e.: Christianity/paganism); and linguistic projects. Prerequisite(s): For 331: GERM 235 or instructor approval. For 331E: one other course in the English department, sophomore standing, or instructor approval; T. Heidt;

GERM 332. or GERM 332E Gender Studies in German Literature and Culture. (1)

(In German or English) How is gender constructed in the intellectual and literary history of German-speaking countries, and what are the interrelations between gender construction and the life of cultural or political institutions? Possible course topics include: literature as a gendered institution; sexuality and the state; education; gay/lesbian literature; gender and race. Prerequisite(s): GERM 210 for GERM 332; sophomore standing or permission of the instructor for GERM 332E; GERM 332E is cross listed with GWST 332, and satisfies HUM Foundations; DV; T. Heidt;

GERM 334. , GERM 334E Politics and Literature. (1)

(In German or English) The course situates literary texts in their specific historical and political contexts, and confronts the philosophical and conceptual problems that arise at the intersection of literature and politics. This dual (historical and philosophical) perspective requires a combination of readings in history, literature, and philosophy/criticism. Topics include: literature and the formation of the public sphere; political agendas and aesthetic autonomy; economics and literature; writers in exile; censorship; revolution and literature. Prerequisite(s): GERM 235 or GERM 210 for GERM 334; sophomore standing or permission of the instructor for GERM 334E; GERM 334E satisfies HUM Foundations; T. Heidt;

GERM 336. , GERM 336E Contemporary German Culture. (1)

(In German or English) The course examines contemporary German society and culture in an historical context. Topics include the political legacies of Nazism, East German communism, and the Student Movement of 1968; the role of religion in public life; Germany in a united Europe; immigration and changing concepts of Germanness; changing attitudes towards family, gender, and sexuality. Materials include scholarly essays, fiction, and film. Prerequisite(s): GERM 235 or 210 for GERM 336; sophomore standing or permission of the instructor for GERM 336E; W; GERM 336E cross-listed with HIST 336; T. Heidt;

GERM 337. , GERM 337E German Society and Film. (1)

(In German or English) Survey and analyses of German films within their social, political, and intellectual contexts. The course may present a broad survey from 1919 to the present, focus on an individual historical period, a director or group of directors, or on a theme in German film. Prerequisite(s): GERM 235 or 210 for GERM 337; sophomore standing or permission of instructor for GERM 337E; GERM 337E is cross listed with FILM 337; T. Heidt;

GERM 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

GERM 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of German not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

GERM 399. Senior Project. (1/2 or 1)

Seniors prepare a study of appropriate scope in conjunction with any 300-level course in which they participate as regular students during their senior year. Students should identify the course in which they choose to do their project no later than the third term of their junior year and submit a preliminary topic and bibliography. With departmental approval students may undertake a project as an independent study. W; T. Heidt;

GERM 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. T. Heidt;

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