Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs

 

Doris Kirchner

Director of the German School

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Doris Kirchner received her PhD in German Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania. She is  Professor Emerita of German at the University of Rhode Island where she also directed the German International Business Program. She has taught at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the Wharton School, at Huazhong University in Wuhan, China and at Columbia University.


Her research interests include twentieth century German literature, especially literature of "Inner Emigration", regionalism, and representations of trauma in literature. Her publications focus on twentieth century German literature and the linkage of German with other disciplines.

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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GRMN 6601 - Adv Language Practice      

This course will focus on various forms of academic writing, including the specific use of vocabulary, style and grammar. Students will have the opportunity to practice writing summaries of texts, presentations and discussions. Additionally, proper quoting and commenting as well as structuring a text – such as a course or term paper – will be discussed and practised. Finally, students will be given the opportunity to write their own papers, reports and comments.

Required text: Rug &Tomaszewski: Grammatik mit Sinn und Verstand (Klett).

Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011

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