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GRMN0410

America in the GN Imagination

"America" in the German Imagination*
This course looks at "America" as the great imaginary Other of German culture. Discussions focus on the way America was functionalized as a shifting metaphor by diverse political and cultural factions from Weimar modernism to the racist connotations inscribed by the Nazis, the Americanization of (West) German culture after World War II, and the anti-Americanism of the sixties and seventies. The course traces the impact of the American Dream on the German collective imaginary as documented in literature and drama (Brecht, Johnson), reportage, travelogue, and essay (Kisch, Enzensberger), and, above all, popular literature (Karl May's German "westerns"), film, and media (Wenders, Adlon) (Formerly GRMN 0420). 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
German
Department:
German
Division:
Languages
Requirements Fulfilled:
EUR LNG
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Spring 2011

GRMN0410A-S11 Seminar (Feiereisen)