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GER 319 German Drama (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: GER 207 or GER 208 or permission of the department chair. (Second semester, course is offered as needed/3 credits) 

This course is a survey of the development of drama in German speaking countries from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Students will read, analyze and sometimes enact plays by Hans Sachs, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich Schiller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Frank Wedekind, Georg Kaiser, Heiner Müller and Tankred Dorst. Lectures will provide the cultural background required to understand the dramas and connect them to social, aesthetic and philosophical movements.