Course Number

GERM 370

Syllabus Date

Fall 2007

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Course description

This course was taught by Robert Tobin at Whitman College. Professor Tobin worked at Whitman for 18 years as associate dean of the faculty and chair of the humanities, and was named Cushing Eells Professor of the Humanities.

"In this course, we will be investigating how German culture has defined itself against its others: If Germany has defined itself in opposition to the East, is it Western? If Germany has defined itself in opposition to the South, has it escaped the legacy of Rome? Or is it a developed country? How did Germany's relationship to its colonies structure its self-image? When Germany defines itself in opposition to the United States, is it attempting to break down the idea of "the West"? When oppositions are created between Germans and Jews, does this mean that Germans are Christian Aryans? When oppositions are created between Germans and Turks, does the distinction imply that Germans, in contrast to Turks, are European? Obviously, these questions are loaded, but they help explain German self-image both now and in the past."


Turks, Germans, Germany, literature, colonialism, German identity



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