Courses: Writing Nations: Africa and Europe (GERMH223A01)

Fall 2009

This course will explore the conflicted negotiation of German-Jewish identity in the late 18th, 19th and 20th centuries in the German-speaking world. It will focus on the unique contributions that Jewish writers and artists have made to German culture while also exploring what it means to be “other” within the mainstream culture. We will read and interpret works of philosophy (Karl Marx, Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor Adorno), psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud), literature (Franz Kafka, Arthur Schnitzler, Joseph Roth, and Doron Rabinovici, among others), poetry (Nelly Sachs, Paul Celan, Else Lasker-Schler), and music (Arnold Schönberg), as well as films (Fritz Lang) and letters by figures central to the literary salons of the 19th century, such as Rahel Varnhagen. The course will also examine responses to the Holocaust by figures such as Theodor Adorno and the graphic novelist Art Spiegelman. Questions of representation and genre will be posed in this context.

Syllabus: View course syllabus

Fulfills: HU


German (Web site)

Taught By

Imke Brust (Profile)


Haverford, Gest 103

Meeting Times

T 7:30pm-10:00pm