The Department of German fully endorses and strongly contributes to the internationalization of the educational experience offered to undergraduate students at Barnard College. German has always been one of the main European Languages taught at Barnard College, and the Department of German offers a variety of courses, from the elementary to the advanced level, to guide students in becoming versatile writers, competent interpreters, and confident speakers of the language. Through its course offerings, the Department of German provides students with a solid grounding, appropriate to their particular needs, in the various skills necessary to speak, read, write and understand the German language; it introduces students to the literatures, histories, and cultures of Germanophone countries or communities in a European and global context.
This course—taught in English—explores two hotbeds of modernism: Viennese Modernism and Berlin Expressionism and Dada. We will discuss the literary works of writers such as Freud, Kafka, Hofmannsthal, Doeblin, Lou Salomé and film and montage of artists such as Hannah Hoch. The emphasis is on innovative representations of the modern psyche, the role of word and image, and the relationship between ecstatic experience and social unrest in the early 20th century.