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DepositSomething Old, Something New: Integrating Canonical Works in a German Studies Curriculum

This essay focuses on advanced-level German instruction and advocates an open, flexible approach to integrating the recommendations of the much-discussed 2007 MLA report on “Foreign Languages and Higher Education.” Specifically, language, literature, film, and cultural studies are combined to allow for the development of transcultural competence at the advanced level, while also fostering advanced capacities in German. Informing the discussion is an examination of changing demands on German Studies curricula and their inclusion or exclusion of canonical material. Bringing together a wide range of cultural products facilitates students’ consideration of cultural/historical contexts, relationships and similarities and differences among characters, and connections to the students’ own experiences. Student goal-setting, assessment, and evaluation help to direct the trajectory of the advanced course, avoiding the common problem of underdefined or undertheorized pedagogies past the intermediate level.

MemberBirgit Jensen

…Assoc. Prof. of German Studies…

Birgit is an Assoc. Prof of German Studies at East Carolina University. Her research interests involve two strands: one literary field, the life writings of the German working class in Imperial Germany, and one pedagogical, the efficacy of flipped learning (not flipped classroom) for developing students’ cross-cultural critical thinking.

MemberAndrea Wald

I am a graduate student at the department of Germanic Studies. I studied German, English, and Theater, Film, and Media Studies in Vienna and Cambridge. I am currently writing a dissertation on the Austrian writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal and the “Aesthetics of Surface” in literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis ca. 1900.My interests include: early 20th century German and Austrian literature; Baroque literature and aesthetics; the reception of the Baroque in 20th century scholarship; the intersection of aesthetic and political theory, psychoanalysis.

MemberPetra McGillen

…” Invited Lecture, Landmarks of European Identity, Undergraduate History Seminar, Princeton University, scheduled for November 2018.
“Subjunctives and Serendipity in Lichtenberg’s Sudelbüchern.” Thought Experiments/Gedankenexperimente, Multi-Panel Series, 42nd Annual German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, scheduled for September 2018.

…German Studies Association; AWIS/IAWERTI; SHARP….
…Books and Edited Volumes

The Fontane Workshop: Manufacturing Realism in the Industrial Age of Print (forthcoming with “New Directions in German Studies,” Bloomsbury 2019)
Second Book Project: From Our Own (False) Correspondent: Forms of Everyday Fakery in the Press, ca. 1635–1870 (in progress).
Co-Editor (with Deborah Helmer) of Theodor Fontane: Aus England for the Große Brandenburger Fontane-Ausgabe, ed. Gotthard Erler, continued by Heinrich Detering and Gabriele Radecke, Abteilung VIII “Das kritische Werk,” Bd. 1. Berlin: Aufbau, …

Petra McGillen works on German literature, media, and culture, ca. 1750 to 1900. Her research focuses on material histories of intellectual and cultural production. In particular, she explores the impact of different forms and media of notation—from doodles to writers’ notebooks, from lists to databases—on writing processes and modes of knowledge organization. Her first book, The Fontane Workshop: Manufacturing Realism in the Industrial Age of Print (forthcoming with “New Directions in German Studies,” Bloomsbury 2019) is the first in-depth study of the unpublished notebooks and other “paper tools” of the great German novelist Theodor Fontane. Her other research and teaching interests include print culture, book history, and the history of journalism.