In this course, we examine the interaction of media and culture in German-speaking lands through a focus on radio. In addition to reading about the theory and history of radio, students will explore the development of this medium through the genre of Hörspiel, or radio drama, a unique form of acoustic literature that continues to be broadcast on major German radio stations today. What new perspectives can sound documents offer on the political, social and economic upheavals of the past century? How has radio contributed to forging a sense of belonging and nationhood? What role did and does it continue to play in voicing dissent, shaping ideas of democracy, and working through the past? Readings include texts by Bertolt Brecht, Rudolf Arnheim, Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, and radio plays by Ingeborg Bachmann, Heinrich Böll, Ernst Jandl and Elfriede Jelinek. Readings, discussion and writing assignments in German.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMAS LCDAS LSAS WI IFA HUMAR HUM
Section 01German Literature and Culture, 1914 to the Present
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