GER190-1: Freshman Seminar

Topic: Great German Books

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
11:30am - 12:45pm
Woodruff Library 214
Hoeyng, Peter
Appropriate for First Year students.

In-depth treatment of a topic in language, literature, or culture.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information:

This course on Great German Books in Translation is part of the Voluntary Core Curriculum at Emory’s College of Arts and Sciences that studies “great works of the Western intellectual tradition and the philosophical and historical foundations of the political community” in which we live:

In this course on Great German Books in Translation the texts are selected through the prism of the dominant religious belief in Europe, i.e., Christianity. While these canonical texts might not primarily address Christian belief, its institutions, and/or practices these various aspects of religious life nevertheless inform the underlying foundation for each of them, be it in the affirmative of or with a critical intention towards Christianity.

We will read and discuss

• Martin Luther’s On the Freedom of a Christian (1520)

• Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s Nathan the Wise (1779)

• Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s Faust I (1808) and Faust II (excerpts) (1832)

• Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck (1837/1879)

• Karl Marx’ The Communist Manifesto (1848)

• Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Antichrist (1888/1895)

• Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Book of Hours (excerpts) (1899-1903)

• Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice (1912)

• Arthur Schnitzler’s, Professor Bernhardi (1912)

• Franz Kafka’s, The Trial (1915/1925)

• Sigmund Freud’s, Moses and Monotheism (1939)

  1. Sigmund Freud, Katherine Jones (Editor)
    Moses and Monotheism
  2. Thomas Mann, Joachim Neugroschel (Translator)
    Death in Venice
  3. Arthur Schnitzler, G. J. Weinberger (Translator)
    Professor Bernhardi and Other Plays
  4. Georg Buchner
    Danton's Death, Leonce and Lena, Woyzeck | Edition: 2
  5. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Faust: Part One
  6. Franz Kafka, Mike Mitchell (Translator), Ritchie Robertson (Editor)
    The Trial
  7. Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Martin Malia (Introduction)
    The Communist Manifesto
  8. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
    The Anti-Christ
  9. Martin Luther, Martin Luther (Translator), Tryntje Helfferich (Introduction)
    On the Freedom of a Christian: With Related Texts
  10. Gotthold Lessing
    Nathan the Wise
Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
Active class participation30
Five summaries30
A staged partner-project30
Final exam10

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