Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs

 

Anja Wieden

German School Faculty

Anja Wieden earned her doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. Her dissertation is entitled "Female Experiences of Rape and Hunger in Postwar German Literature, 1945-1960." Since 2010, Anja is both Program Coordinator of German and Faculty Advisor for the Summer Study Abroad Program in Muenster at the State University of New York in New Paltz. Anja teaches a variety of language, culture, literature and film classes with an emphasis on postwar German topics. In the spring semester 2011, Anja was able to teach a German literature class based on her research at the SUNY Honor's Center ("Cigarettes and Nylons - Postwar Realities in Occupied Germany"). Anja is currently working on publications that focus on the narration and discourses of rape in postwar German literature.

 

Courses

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GRMN 3401 - Stylistics      

This course meets for two hours daily and forms the core of the 400 level program. It aims at strengthening the student's ability to write and speak German at an advanced level through development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills with an emphasis on advanced elements of communication and style. Attention will be paid to fine points of grammar, use of idioms, appropriate register. Classroom activities are enhanced by audio and video material as well as visitations by, and subsequent discussions with, German School guests and visitors. Lectures, films, and other cultural events of the German School will be incorporated into the course.

Required text: Hall und Scheiner (ed.): Übungsgrammatik für die Oberstufe (Hueber Verlag)

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3405 - Adv German for Singers II      

Stylistics, Expository Writing, and Communication meets two hours per day and aims at strengthening the student's ability to write and speak German at an advanced level.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3406 - Adv German for Singers II      

Stylistics, Expository Writing, and Communication meets two hours per day and aims at strengthening the student's ability to write and speak German at an advanced level.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3410 - 20C & 21C German Literature      

20th Century Literature of the German Speaking Countries

Based on literary texts of various lengths the course explores issues of cultural and historical importance as reflected in literature from 1945 to the present. The course aims at extensive classroom discussions, creative writing assignments of increasing difficulty, and students' presentations on different literary topics. The course also incorporates audio-visual materials as they relate to an understanding of Germany from 1945 onward.

Required texts: Heinrich Böll: Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (dtv); Bernhard Schlink: Der Vorleser (Diogenes Verlag); Anonyma: Eine Frau in Berlin; Müller: Atemschaukel (Fischer).

Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3418 - Germany's Stories Past&Present      

Germany's Stories - Visions of Past and Present

In this course, we will explore various social issues in German-speaking Europe as they are portrayed and discussed in major media outlets. The first part of this class provides students with historical and cultural background information beginning in the post-World War II era, with a special emphasis on nuanced depictions of perpetration and suffering. In the second part of the class we will focus on how shifting discourses of guilt, victimhood and memory continue to shape perceptions of cultural and national identity in Germany and Austria today. Within this context, we will examine topics related to migration (including expulsion of ethnic Germans and migrant labor movements), debates on multiculturalism, changing gender roles, political extremism, national identity and soccer, and the role of German military forces abroad, with a particular emphasis on Afghanistan. This course aims at developing advanced literacy abilities of summarizing, interpreting, and presenting substantial arguments in professional and academic settings. The instructor will provide all required texts.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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