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

Course List: 

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GRMN3401 - Stylistics      

Stylistics, Expository Writing, and Communication

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: /To be determined/

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN3405 - Adv German for Singers II      

The language component provides three to four hours of daily instruction in German grammar and conversation at a level appropriate to each student's proficiency. The language component carries two credits, with courses offered on several levels. Students are integrated in the regular language classes according to what level they placed into after taking the placement exam, and after an oral interview on campus before the summer session begins. Students in the German for Singers Program who placed into level 1, beginning German, will take courses with our regular beginning German students for three hours and will then have an additional hour of special language and culture training in the Singers program.

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: /To be determined/

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN3406 - Adv German for Singers II      

The language component provides three to four hours of daily instruction in German grammar and conversation at a level appropriate to each student's proficiency. The language component carries two credits, with courses offered on several levels. Students are integrated in the regular language classes according to what level they placed into after taking the placement exam, and after an oral interview on campus before the summer session begins. Students in the German for Singers Program who placed into level 1, beginning German, will take courses with our regular beginning German students for three hours and will then have an additional hour of special language and culture training in the Singers program.

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 text: /To be determined/

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN3410 - 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: /To be determined/

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN3418 - Germany's Stories Past&Present      

Germany's Stories - Visions of Past & Present

In light of the recent events relating to refugees in Europe and the controversial stance Germany has taken with regard to this matter, this course seeks to examine various experiences of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in German-speaking Europe. Beginning in the pre-World War II era, the course offers historical and current perspectives on expulsion, persecution, integration, assimilation and multiculturalism as depicted in major media outlets, film and academic scholarship. We will discuss topics relating to the persecutions of Jews, the expulsion of ethnic Germans, and migrant labor movements – with a particular emphasis on Turkish guest workers and their legacy in present day Germany. In the second half of the course, we will ask how more recent geo-political shifts, such as the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Balkan Wars, continue to shape perceptions of cultural and national identity in Germany and Austria. Finally, we will conclude with an analysis of the current cultural and political debates in the media surrounding Syrian and African refugees in Germany.

This course aims at developing advanced literacy abilities of summarizing, interpreting, and presenting substantial arguments in professional and academic settings.

Required Texts: The instructor will provide all required texts.

Summer 2013

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The German School

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Mailing address
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Middlebury, VT  05753

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germanschool@middlebury.edu