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A Historical View of German Surveillance States: Nazi Germany and East Germany in Film and Literature

HNRS 2013 Sec. 3 - Spring 2018

Instructor Michael Dettinger Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

M W F 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
218 French House

The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the surveillance states of Germany during the National Socialist period as well as during the years of former East Germany. Students will more closely examine the concept of these “Big Brother” societies as they are portrayed in the films The Lives of Others (von Donnersmarck, 2007) and Triumph of the Will (Riefenstahl, 1935). Moreover, students will also analyze multiple scholarly writings on each topic as well as the text 1984 by George Orwell, which represents a fictional interpretation of these surveillance/“Big Brother” states.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Social Sciences