Berlin: Literature, History, and Politics in the 20th and 21st Centuries
This course explores the city of Berlin through key contemporary and twentieth century prose as well as poems, films, music. Class discussions will focus on Berlin as the stage for crucial events in world history. Topics include contemporary Berlin as a magnet for bohemians and hipsters, migration to Berlin, the fall of the Berlin wall, student movements and radical politics in the city, cold war Berlin, the city under National Socialism, Weimar republic, revolutionary times, and the German Empire. We will read and discuss Walter Benjamin, Rosa Luxemburg, Paul Celan, Alfred Döblin, Hans Fallada, Christa Wolf and others. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GERLANG 3 or permission of instructor.