Germanic Languages

German Graduate Courses

201C. Theories of Literary Interpretation. (4) Lecture, three hours. Advanced analysis and discussion of various models of literary interpretation and schools of thought such as hermeneutics, psychoanalytic criticism, social historical approaches, semiotics, structuralism, and poststructuralism. Topics vary with instructor. Letter grading.

202A. Middle High German. (4) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to Middle High German language, with particular emphasis on developing facility in reading. Study of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary combined with introduction to poetic forms and cultural context. Letter grading.

202B. Readings in Middle High German Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to medieval German literature and literary history and to use of contemporary theory in study of medieval texts. Continued practice in reading Middle High German, although most texts to be read in modern translation. Letter grading.

204. Early Modern German Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. Selected readings from 1500 to 1700, with introduction to development of German as modern literary language and to literary genres and cultural models. Impact of Thirty Years’s War on German literary production and reception in German baroque. Letter grading.

206. Studies in Enlightenment Literature and Culture. (4) Lecture, three hours. Analysis of major 18th-century German texts from philosophic, social-historical, psychohistorical, and literary perspectives. Letter grading.

207. Weimar Classicism. (4) Lecture, three hours. Reading and interpretation of major works of German classicism. May include problems in reception of classicism by later authors and cultural theorists. Letter grading.

208. Romanticism. (4) Lecture, three hours. Analysis of selected works and theories of German Romantics such as Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis, and Hoffman, with attention to relationship between Romanticism and other periods. Letter grading.

209C. 19th-Century Narrative Prose. (4) Lecture, three hours. Analysis of prose works between Romanticism and naturalism. Discussion of development of literary realism and form of novella. Letter grading.

210A. Naturalism, Symbolism, and Expressionism. (4) Lecture, three hours. Analysis of selected works (poetry, drama, prose) of early modernism from Hauptmann to Kafka. Discussion of sociological spectra and pluralism of styles and forms. Letter grading.

210B. 20th-Century Novel to 1945. (4) Lecture, three hours. Prose works in first half of 20th century as they express war experience, crisis of consciousness, and cultural conflicts between wars, as well as innovations in narrative technique. Letter grading.

211. Postwar Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. Study of major works by German-speaking authors writing since World War II. Examination of issues such as identity crises, nationalism and divided Germany, gender expectations, and social-political attitudes. Letter grading.

212. Contemporary Literature and Culture. (4) Lecture, three hours. Analysis of current cultural issues and their relation to literary production and interpretation. Topics may include areas such as feminism, postcolonialism, postmodernism, and contemporary theories of textuality. Letter grading.

213. Topics in Literature and Film. (4) Lecture, three hours. With focus on two different modes of cultural representation, examination of topics in German literature and film from Weimar Republic to present. Study of media theory, feminist film theory, and interrelationships between film, literature, and social history. Letter grading.

217. History of German Language. (4) Discussion, three hours. Historical survey of development of standard literary German language from time of Indo-European unity through proto-Germanic, West Germanic, medieval period, Reformation, baroque period, and Enlightenment until its final codification at end of 19th century. S/U or letter grading.

230. Survey of Theory in Historical Linguistics. (4) Lecture, three hours. Systematic overview of theories of historical linguistics. Letter grading.

231. Gothic. (4) Discussion, three hours. Systematic study of phonology and grammar of Gothic language, with readings in Wulfila’s translation of Bible and introduction to history of Goths and their place in development of modern Europe. S/U or letter grading.

232. Old High German. (4) Discussion, three hours. Introduction to earliest phases of German literature, with extensive readings in major documents of that period (750 to 1050). Emphasis on grammatical interpretation of these documents and identification of dialects used in their composition. S/U or letter grading.

233. Old Saxon. (4) Discussion, three hours. Introduction to study of earliest documents in Old Low German. Readings in HelĂ­and and study of Old Saxon Genesis. S/U or letter grading.

C238. Linguistic Theory and Grammatical Description. (4) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 140 or Linguistics 20. Taught in English with German proficiency required. Problems in structure of Dutch and German, considered from theoretical frameworks such as sign-oriented linguistics, functional linguistics, discourse grammar, and cognitive linguistics. Discussion of formal linguistic approaches. Concurrently scheduled with course C142. Graduate students meet as group one additional hour each week and write research papers of greater length and depth. Letter grading.

251. Seminar: Germanic Linguistics. (4) Seminar, three hours. Current topics in synchronic or diachronic linguistics, such as specific issues in generative grammar, sociolinguistics and dialectology, or language contact. Letter grading.

252. Seminar: Historical and Comparative Germanic Linguistics. (4) Seminar, three hours. Topics selected from field of historical German phonology and syntax according to needs and preparation of students enrolled (e.g., West Germanic problem and classification of Germanic languages, development of Germanic verbal and nominal morphology, proto-Germanic syntax). S/U or letter grading.

253. Seminar: Medieval Literature. (4) Seminar, three hours. Investigation of selected topic or particular theoretical issue that arises in study of medieval literature. Letter grading.

256. Seminar: Enlightenment. (4) Seminar, three hours. Selected problems in cultural, literary, and philosophic history. May include modern critiques of Enlightenment thought. Letter grading.

257. Seminar: Age of Goethe. (4) Seminar, three hours. Selected topics in literature and culture between 1775 and 1832, with special emphasis on work of Goethe and Schiller as it relates to philosophic texts such as Hegel’s Phänomenologie des Geistes or as it relates to historical events such as French and American Revolutions. Letter grading.

258. Seminar: Romanticism. (4) Seminar, three hours. Discussion of specific author or topic from Romantic period, possibly in close connection with course 208. Critical review of secondary works. S/U or letter grading.

259. Seminar: 19th-Century Literature. (4) Seminar, three hours. Discussion of specific author or topic of 19th-century literature, possibly in close connection with course 209A, 209B, or 209C. Critical review of secondary works. S/U or letter grading.

260. Seminar: Modern Period. (4) Seminar, three hours. In-depth analysis of one particular issue in pre-1945 German literature and culture. Letter grading.

261. Seminar: Contemporary Literature. (4) Seminar, three hours. In-depth analysis of one particular issue in post-1945 German literature and culture. Letter grading.

263. Seminar: Literary Theory. (4) Seminar, three hours. Special focus on particular theoretical school or interpretive paradigm. Content varies with instructor. Letter grading.

264. Topics in Communicative, Cognitive, and Functional Approaches to Linguistic Analysis. (4) (Formerly numbered M264.) Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course C142 or C238. Readings, discussion, analyses, and validation procedures within sign-based linguistics, cognitive grammar, and discourse-functional approaches to language. Consideration of impact of grammaticalization theory on various nonformal approaches to synchronic linguistics. Discussion of work by Contini-Morava, Diver, Garcia, Goldberg, Janssen, Lakoff, Langacker, and Verhagen, as well as Bybee, Traugott, Hopper, and others. S/U or letter grading.

265. German Philosophy. (4) Seminar, three hours. Taught in English. Examination of work of Hannah Arendt in political theory with emphasis on connection between forms of government and precarious lives of others — Jews, the stateless, pariahs. Evaluation within comparative and transnational context of political action, public sphere, amor mundi, moral judgment, individual or collective responsibility, violence, and literature. Letter grading.

375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum. (1 to 4) Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

495. Approaches to Foreign Language Pedagogy. (4) Seminar, one hour; discussion, two hours. Issues include development of current theories of second-language acquisition, effects of these theories on language teaching, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, assessment techniques, use of multimedia in foreign language pedagogy, and design of syllabi for basic foreign language courses. S/U grading.

596. Directed Individual Study or Research. (4) Tutorial, three hours. To be arranged with faculty member who directs study or research. Required research paper must be filed with department chair. S/U grading.

597. Preparation for MA Comprehensive Examination or PhD Qualifying Examinations. (4) Tutorial, three hours. To be arranged with faculty member who directs examination preparation. S/U grading.

598. Research for and Preparation of MA Thesis. (4 to 12) Tutorial, three hours. To be arranged with faculty member who directs research for and preparation of thesis. S/U grading.

599. Research for and Preparation of PhD Dissertation. (4 to 12) Tutorial, three hours. To be arranged with faculty member who directs study. May be repeated. S/U grading.