Maria Hofmann

Vis. Assistant Professor of German

 
 Monday, 12:15-1:15pm; Tuesday, 9:30-10:30am

Maria Hofmann received her PhD in German Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2017 and holds an MA in Comparative Literature from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. She joined the German department at Middlebury in 2017. 

Her teaching interests include film and media studies with a focus on contemporary film from Austria and Germany, narratology and literary theory, and Austrian studies. Her research focuses on documentary film, film theory, and Holocaust and genocide studies. 
She recently discovered her interest in the digital humanities, particularly videographic criticsm, which she also includes in her teaching.

In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and traveling.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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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 2017, Fall 2018

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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 2018

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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 2018

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GRMN 0111 - Accelerated Beginning German      

Accelerated Beginning German
This class is aimed at students who wish to begin the study of German on the fast lane. In one semester, we will cover a year's material, the equivalent of GRMN 0101, 0102, and 0103. We will develop all four skills in an intensive, immersion-style environment, allowing students to continue German in the regular second-year classes in the fall. Classes meet five times per week, including two 75-minute meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and an additional drill session. Students are expected to fully participate in all departmental activities. No prerequisites. 6 hr lect./disc./1 hr. drill LNG

Spring 2019

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GRMN 0202 - Intermediate German Continued      

Intermediate German Continued
GRMN 0201/0202 is a culture-based intermediate language sequence that focuses students' attention on intercultural aspects of language acquisition, vocabulary expansion, reading and writing strategies, and a review of grammar. It moves from a focus on issues of individual identity and personal experiences to a discussion of Germany today (GRMN 0201), explores national identity in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and supplies an overview of cultural history, literary achievements, and philosophical traditions in the German-speaking world (GRMN 0201) 4 hrs. sem. EUR LNG

Spring 2018

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GRMN 0365 - German Road Movies      

German Road Movies
Road movies represent a fundamentally American genre influenced and defined by the geographic and societal conditions of the United States. In this course we will explore what changes these films undergo when put into a different cultural context. After discussing the history and properties of the genre, we will analyze and discuss examples of German, Austrian, and Swiss road movies from the 1970s to the present. This examination will allow a perspective on how genre conditions change and expand over time and space, as well as an intercultural comparison between the US and German-speaking countries. 3 hrs. Sem CMP EUR LNG

Fall 2017

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GRMN 0410 - Austrian Horror Film      

Austrian Horror Film
While horror movies are often looked down upon as a genre full of stereotypical characters and plot lines, they also allow important insights into cultural phenomena, psychological processes, and societal structures. In this course we will focus on horror movies from Austria, taking them as a point of departure for a discussion of the genre and its subgenres beyond Hollywood. It will also serve as an introduction to film analysis, genre theory, and affect theory, as well as cultural comparisons between Austria and the US. 3 hrs. sem. ART CMP EUR LNG

Fall 2018

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GRMN 0490 - Unreliable Narration      

Unreliable Narration in German Literature, Film, and Media
Unreliable narration has been employed as a literary strategy for centuries, with one of its most prominent examples from literary history being the 1816 novel Der Sandmann by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Yet, unreliable narration has become a more prevalent phenomenon in recent years, both in fiction as well as nonfiction. In this course we will examine and theorize how it has become such a trend; analyze examples from German literature, film, and media; and learn about narratological concepts that allow an adequate discussion of these works. 3 hrs. sem EUR LIT LNG

Spring 2019

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GRMN 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval only)

Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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GRMN 0700 - Senior Research      

Honors Project
(Approval only)

Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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Department of German

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