German Myths and Legends (Undergraduate)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019
Myths are a form of symbolic capital providing orientation, generating confidence and organizing shared identity in an impenetrable world. Myths are not fake news. They are a complex construction of historical facts, embedded in media and narrative genres. Their longevity is legendary, and so is their power in politics. This seminar will study a variety of foundational German myths and legends such as Nibelungen, Luther, Faust, Wirtschaftswunder, Wunder von Bern, Antifaschismus.