Archived Versions

21F.414 German Culture, Media, and Society

As taught in: Fall 2006

Collage of various media.

Top left: Swiss video installation. Top right and left center: Palast der Republik, Berlin. Right center: "Einstein on the Beach" performance. Bottom: tube radio dial. (Image courtesy of Kurt Fendt.)




Dr. Kurt Fendt

Course Features

Course Description

The topic for Fall 2006 is short film and radio plays. This course investigates current trends and topics in German literary, theater, film, television, radio, and other media arts productions. Students analyze media texts in the context of their production, reception, and distribution as well as the public debates initiated by these works. The topic for Fall 2006 is German Short Film, a popular format that represents most recent trends in film production, and German Radio Art, a striving genre that includes experimental radio plays, sound art, and audio installations. Special attention will be given to the representation of German minorities, contrasted by their own artistic expressions reflecting changes in identity and a new political voice. Students have the opportunity to discuss course topics with a writer, filmmaker, and/or media artist from Germany. The course is taught in German.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mov.