Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
German and German Studies


German 380. Identity and Difference in German Culture

What does it mean to be a German today? Recent political, cultural and literary debates in Germany have addressed the question of who is allowed to claim Germany as their "home," their Heimat. Literary (prose, poetry) and nonliterary (film, popular music, journalism) texts by intercultural writers and artists of the last two decades challenge the narrow and exclusive concept of "Germanness." This course will explore important moments in the history of their struggle and responses to these challenges.