This course explores the city of Berlin through key contemporary and twentieth century prose as well as poems, films, and music. Class discussions will focus on Berlin as the stage for crucial events in world history and on representations of the city in German literature. Topics include contemporary Berlin as a magnet for international bohemians and hipsters, migration to Berlin, the fall of the Berlin wall, student movements and radical politics in the city, cold war Berlin, the city under National Socialism, Weimar republic, revolutionary times, and the German Empire. We will read and discuss Walter Benjamin, Rosa Luxemburg, Paul Celan, Alfred Döblin, Hans Fallada, Emine Sevgi Özdamar and others. The course is taught in German for students who have acquired at least the equivalent of B1+ in German. In cases of doubt, please seek instructor’s consent.
The course takes place on a weekly basis, wednesday 12-14 o'clock.
Please note: no class on wednesday 30 October! - replacement date: 7 February, 14-16 o'clock, room 203
This seminar carries 5 ECTS.
Language requirements: German B1, the course will be in German
You can register for this course online (no registration via Agnes!):
(registration period: 2 September – 13 October 2019)
You will find the detailed syllabus for this course on the Berlin Perspectives Website:
Berlin Perspectives is an international and interdisciplinary module for incoming international students to complement their regular studies at Humboldt-Universität. It is also open to regular HU students who may enroll as part of their elective course requirements (üWP). Courses are taught in English, German, or in bilingual formats.