Berlin's past is as exciting as it is tumultuous. In the period around the turn of the twentieth century, Berlin rapidly grew from a provincial German capital to a major metropolis and self-proclaimed Weltstadt. During this time, Berlin pulsated with neon lights, roaring traffic, commerce, and nightlife, and as early as the 1920s, had become the second largest European city. We will read and watch representative works from various genres and authors to explore the relationship between this rapidly modernizing capital city, its inhabitants, and the cultural products that emerged and disappeared with the rise of a modern entertainment culture. Of particular importance for our discussion will be the urban dweller's everyday experience of unfamiliarity in the cityscape and the reciprocity between human and machine in an era of scientific progress. Other topics include "the modern woman," "mass culture," "the child and the city," "globalization," and "tradition and nostalgia." In addition to class discussions, the course aims to provide students with the linguistic foundation for discussing and writing about modern German history and culture. All readings, assignments, and discussions in German. Prerequisite: German 302D and German 340C/340D OR German 341/341D OR German 342/342D or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Course Attributes: EN H; AS HUM; AS LCD; AS LS; AS WI I; FA HUM; AR HUM