GERM 325-DL1: Representations of Justice (Spring 2023)
Section Information for Spring 2023
In this course, we will discuss representations of justice in a variety of German texts in English translation. We will read novels and plays from different time periods starting with the early 19th century Faust and ending with the contemporary The Reader and watch selected screen adaptations and other films. We will look at justice as a concept embedded in a specific historical, social, and cultural context, yet an idea that everyone can understand and relate to. How does justice affect human relationships? Who has the authority to enforce it? What is the connection between justice and law? How can we define justice after Nazi atrocities? These are some of the questions we will investigate in the course. While exploring a mysterious world of crime and betrayal, you will enrich your knowledge of German history and culture and learn how to read, analyze, and write about literary texts. As a result, you will improve your analytical skills and will be able to look at cultural phenomena critically.
Texts include Goethe's Faust, Kafka's The Trial, Schlink's The Reader, and others.
Works of major German, Austrian, and Swiss writers in translation. Notes: Writers studied vary. May be repeated when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
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