Florence Feiereisen

Associate Professor of German, Chair

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Florence Feiereisen studied German and Computational Linguistics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany (M.A. 2003) and received a Ph.D. in German Cultural Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007.

At Middlebury College since 2007, she teaches language classes as well as upper-level courses focusing on German pop culture, national identity, gender, linguistics, and sound.

She has published various articles in the fields of contemporary literature and acoustic ecology/sound studies. Her monograph, Der Text als Soundtrack—der Autor als DJ: Postmoderne und postkoloniale Samples bei Thomas Meinecke (Königshausen & Neumann), appeared in 2011. She has also co-edited (with Alexandra Hill) Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2012). 


Sample of her writing/ two recent articles:

Feiereisen, Florence. “Normierung als Angriff auf das Kulturgut Sprache? Die Geschichte der deutschen Rechtschreibreform im kulturellen Kontext.“ Monatshefte 110.3 (Fall 2018): 307-326.

Feiereisen, Florence. “They Tried to Divide the Sky: Listening to Cold War Berlin.” Colloquia Germanica 46 (2013): 410-432. (published in 2016)

Lately, Florence has been very interested in the Digital Liberal Arts. As a DLA fellow she spent her last sabbatical researching digital tools and embarked on a big collaborative project (with Erin Sassin) that is situated at the intersection of urban history (Berlin!), architecture, and acoustic ecology: http://sites.middlebury.edu/dla/2018/04/26/sounding-out-the-spaces-of-berlins-working-class-life/.



Course List: 

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FYSE 1446 - Acoustic Ecology      

Acoustic Ecology
Acoustic ecology is the study of sounds in relationship to life and society. An interdisciplinary field, it explores the social, cultural, scientific, and ecological aspects of the sonic environment. In this seminar we will gain auditory literacy by experiencing the world through sound (e.g., noise, speech, music). Topics will include the impact of noise on society; the urban experience through sound (especially Berlin and New York); aural architecture; production and reception of speech; representations of sound in literature and the visual arts; and even emotional responses to certain songs. Sources include texts by neuroscientists, literary scholars, linguists, anthropologists, musicologists, and others; music, and films. 3 hrs. sem. CW SOC

Fall 2015

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GRMN 0101 - Beginning German      

Beginning German
Geared toward quick and early proficiency in comprehension and free expression. Grammatical structures are practiced through group activities and situational exercises (e.g., role-playing games and partner interviews). Active class participation by students is required and will be counted toward the final grade. Since this is an integrated approach, there will be laboratory assignments but no special drill sections. Classes meet five times a week. Students take GRMN 0102 as their winter term course. 5 hrs. sem. LNG

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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GRMN 0102 - Beginning German Continued      

Beginning German Continued
This course is the intensive continuation of GRMN 0101 which will further the development of your language skills in an immersion-like environment, and will include bi-weekly cultural readings in English. Classes meet for two hours each morning, then lunch at the language tables, in addition to afternoon and evening activities (e.g. film screenings). Completion of this course is a prerequisite to enrollment in GRMN 0103. (GRMN 0101 or equivalent) LNG WTR

Winter 2017

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GRMN 0103 - Beginning German Continued      

Beginning German Continued
This course is a continuation of GRMN 0101 and 0102. Increased emphasis on communicative competence through short oral presentations and the use of authentic German language materials (videos, songs, slides). Introduction to short prose writings and other documents relating to contemporary German culture. Five class meetings per week. (GRMN 0101 plus winter term GRMN 0102, or equivalent) 5 hrs. lect. LNG

Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020

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GRMN 0360 - German & Its Cultural Contexts      

German in Its Cultural Contexts
The course invites students to explore social and cultural developments in Germany from 1871 to the present day from a historical perspective. We begin by examining Germany’s birth as a nation state and end by looking at recent events in today’s reunified Federal Republic. The course aims to lay the foundation for a critical understanding of German culture in its contemporary global context. Writing the biographies of fictional Germans throughout the semester, students will follow the radical changes in German society during the (long) twentieth century and gain an understanding how ‘ordinary’ people in Germany might have lived. A montage of written and visual materials will expose students to elite, mainstream, and marginal cultures alike. Taught in German. (Formerly GRMN 0310) 3 hrs. lect. EUR HIS LNG

Fall 2016, Fall 2018

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GRMN 0370 / LNGT 0370 - German Linguistics      

German Linguistics (in German)
This course simultaneously presents an overview of the major subfields of linguistics as they apply to the German language and a discussion of how today's Standard German evolved. We will pay attention to important concepts in phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. In addition to these theoretical and descriptive aspects, we will discuss sociolinguistic issues such as language and gender and regional variations within Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxemburg. Lectures and discussions will be conducted in German. (Formerly GRMN 0340) 3 hrs. sem. EUR LNG

Spring 2017

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GRMN 0435 - German Pop Literature      

/Popliteratur/ and the Literary Archives of Pop Culture
In 1968, a new genre of literature emerged in Germany: Popliteratur. Grounded in Dadaism, the Beat Generation, and Pop Art, its young authors attacked the literary establishment and its highbrow dogma with works bridging the gap between high and low culture. In this course, we will investigate the crossover characteristics of Popliteratur, reading it as the literary equivalent of pop music, with an eye to American influence on pop culture in postwar Germany. Through theoretical lenses ranging from Adorno's classic Kulturindustrie to Fiedler's Playboy article, "Cross the Border, Close the Gap"! we will examine primary works by Brinkmann, von Stuckrad-Barre, and Meinecke alongside other products of pop culture, particularly of the last decade. (Formerly GRMN 0306) 3 hrs. sem. EUR LIT

Spring 2016

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GRMN 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval only)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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GRMN 0700 - Senior Research      

Honors Project
(Approval only)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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GRMN 1004 - German Architecture and Power      

German Architecture and Power (in German)
Architecture reveals not only the aesthetic and formal preferences of the architect or client in charge, but grants insight into a society’s aspirations and power struggles. In this course we will study Berlin’s public buildings (and architectural proposals that never came to fruition) to understand the many complex forces that have shaped Germany’s old and new capital city. Recognizing that a building’s meaning changes over time depending on its cultural context, we will use semiotic models and historical background information to “read” a variety of iconic buildings as symbols for Germany’s identity formation processes. Examples to be scrutinized include the Brandenburg Gate, the various faces of the Reichstag, Hitler’s bombastic visions for the Welthauptstadt Germania, Stadtschloss, Palast der Republik, Sehitlik Mosque, Jewish Museum, and others. (GRMN 0202 or equivalent) ART EUR LNG WTR

Winter 2016, Winter 2020

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Department of German

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