2015 is a big year for Austria: 70th anniversary of liberation from National Socialism; 60th anniversary of the State Treaty, and 20th anniversary of Austrian membership in the EU. The meaning of these events has, over the years, changed quite a bit and in German 200 we will take the opportunity to look back not only at these events but at 100 years of Austrian history (1915-2015). The following questions will guide us:
How did the end of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy affect the cultural and political life in Vienna? How did Austrian artists, writers, and scholars interact with the artistic, intellectual, and architectural impulses emerging in interwar Europe? What is the country’s role within the current European political and cultural landscape? What does the popoularity of a cultural figure such as Conchita Wurst reveal about the country’s current socio-political and cultural landscape? …
We will read literary texts in translation by authors such as Arthur Schnitzler, Thomas Bernhard, and Elfriede Jelinek, watch films by directors such as Ulrich Seidel, Ruth Beckermann, and Florian Flicker, listen to music by Kruder & Dorfmeister, and discuss these cultural texts in the context of current interdisciplinary approaches in German Studies. The course will coordinate with the Atlanta High Museum’s exhibit “Habsburg Splendor” (starting October 18th). The course is taught in English and open for all students!
For questions please contact Prof. Gundolf Graml at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course times: TTh 8:30am-9:45am.