The course examines major turning points in German history. How have German writers represented political revolutions and social upheavals from the French Revolution, the weavers revolt of 1844, to the peaceful revolution of 1989? Conversely, to what extent has literature, especially drama, had an impact on revolutionary events? Authors and theorists considered include such classics as Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Bchner, Marx, Hannah Arendt, Brecht, Mller, and Weiss. Films by Riefenstahl, Fassbinder, and Becker.notes: May be counted toward a major or a minor in German only with departmental approval and provided all reading is done in German.