Dancing at Brink of Abyss: Homosexuality from Weimar Berlin to Nazi Death Camps
Description: Seminar, three hours. Requisite: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing requirement. Freshmen/sophomores preferred. Study of how homosexuality is coded in literary and visual narrations of Weimar Republic and Third Reich. How practices, media, and representations structure and frame memory of gay and lesbian German past. How literature and film react to realities of gay liberation and oppression. Examination from historical perspective of 20th and early 21st century, identifying whether more recent depictions of period need to be analyzed in different way from those coming out of Weimar and Nazi eras. Familiarize students with key queer texts, films, and artworks of German-language tradition; contextualization of contemporary discussion about memorial culture and gay activism in Germany today. Texts include theoretical framings of gender and early 20th century, as well as literary texts and select documentary and drama films. Letter grading.
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