Berlin in Literature and Film
The city of Berlin stands at the center of Germany’s political and social turmoil of the last two centuries. Its architecture remains a physical symbol of Prussia’s rise to power and still contains remnants of Hitler’s mad plans for a German Empire. The wall that cut the city in half became the central symbol of the Cold War, and after it fell the city rose again to become today’s multicultural capital of a reunited Germany. This course examines the history and image of Berlin these turbulent times. A focus on literary texts, films, photographs and paintings produced and set in Berlin will offer insight into the life of this vibrant city.
Students will write 5 short essays as well as midterm and final exams.
Honors students will read one additional text (to be decided by student and professor) and then write about that text in a sixth essay.