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Florence Feiereisen

Associate Professor of German, Chair

 work(802) 443-5820
 Tuesday 11:00am-12:00pm and Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm.
 FIC 230

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:



Course List: 

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GRMN 6606 - Intro to German Linguistics      

German, just like every language, needs to be understood as a historical and social system but also as a biological and cognitive human ability. In this course, we will take a close look at this system and ability and how we can describe and explain them. The following core areas of German linguistics shall be the focus of the first part of our work:
1) Phonetics: What sounds and tones constitute (the German) language?
2) Phonology: How does the human brain categorize sounds and gestures to identify units (phonemes) that carry meaning?
3) Morphology/ lexicon: How do phonemes come together to become units (morphemes) that help us differentiate meaning? How do we form words?
4) Syntax: How do words come together to form (German) sentences?
5) Semantics/ Pragmatics: How do we recognize, respectively construct meaning in sentences, texts and contexts?
The second part of the course will then use findings from our systematic decoding of the German language to address specific questions of language acquisition, neuro-linguistics as well as the history of the German language.

Required texts:

Heinz Vater, Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft. UTB Verlag. W. Fink. 4. Auflage, unv. Nachdruck (1. Nov. 2002) Stuttgart
ISBN- 10: 3-8252-1799-X
ISBN-13: 978-3825217990

Karl-Heinz Göttert, Deutsch. Biographie einer Sprache. List-Taschenbuch.1. Aufl. (11.März 2011). Berlin
ISBN-10: 3548610242
ISBN -13: 978-3548610245 Language & Stylistics

Summer 2021 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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CMLT 0700 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
A senior thesis is normally completed over two semesters. During Fall and Winter terms, or Winter and Spring terms, students will write a 35-page (article length) comparative essay, firmly situated in literary analysis. Students are responsible for identifying and arranging to work with their primary language and secondary language readers, and consulting with the program director before completing the CMLT Thesis Declaration form. (Approval required.)

Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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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. 6 hrs. sem. LNG

Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021

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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 2022

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GRMN 0103 - Beginning German Continued      

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

Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022

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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) (GRMN 0202 or placement) 3 hrs. lect. CW EUR HIS LNG

Fall 2018, Spring 2022

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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 2021

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GRMN 0475 - Sounds and the City      

Sounds and the City: German Urban Cultural History of the 20th and 21st Century
In this course, we will seek to understand the cultural history of 20th and 21st century Germany by examining its soundscapes. Analyzing recordings of selected events, we will discuss how history can be portrayed as an acoustic experience. Sound profiles of city spaces before, during, and after World War II and the Cold War will illustrate sound's impact on German society and its ability to create utopian/dystopian spaces. This line of inquiry invites us to rethink noise, silence, language, identity, power, and-considering the history of recording technologies-the nature of knowledge itself. We will consider works by literary scholars, historians, anthropologists, and musicologists. (Formerly GRMN 0410) 3 hrs. sem. EUR LNG

Fall 2021

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GRMN 0499 - Open Topics Research Seminar      

Open Topics Research Seminar
In this seminar students will develop and pursue a research project on a topic of their choice. After reading and discussing research methodology and building research strategies, students will formally present a research proposal to their peers and the department’s professors. The seminar will culminate in each student completing a research paper, translation, or creative project with theoretical underpinnings. Class discussions, presentations, and research papers will be in German. (One course above GRMN300 or by waiver) LNG WTR

Winter 2021

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GRMN 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval only)

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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GRMN 0700 - Senior Research      

Honors Project
(Approval only)

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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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 2020

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Department of German

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