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oman;">Christiane Zentgraf, “Diary of a Discourse.” Trans. Jutta Ittner. Quite Normal Luxury (MAK Applied Arts/Contemporary Art Vienna), ed. Peter Noever. Vienna: Schleebrügge, 2004. 42-53. ??

 

Brigitte Kronauer, “Endings Odd and Even. Short Story.” Trans. Jutta Ittner. Dimension2. Vol. 5/ 3 (February 2002/dated Sept. 1998): 366 -87.

 

Barbara Neuwirth, “Your True Companion´s Name. Short Story.” Trans. Jutta Ittner. Escaping Expectations: Stories by Austrian Women Writers (Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture, and Thought. Translation Series). Riverside: Ariadne Press, 2001. 107–127.


Dr. Ittner's Teaching
Through long teaching experience I have found that students thrive on a combination of high academic standards and a personally engaging, “German-only” classroom atmosphere. It has been one of my main goals to encourage my students to go beyond the introductory level of German language and culture and get involved in advanced studies. Authentic communication in realistic social contexts, creative exercises, student interaction in small groups, and the presentation of literary works as a fascinating source of cultural awareness, ideas, and personal growth have proven very attractive to Case students who take German as an elective and have been very successful in transforming them into proficient and enthusiastic German minors and majors.

As a native of Germany I have, of course, been immersed in that complex and fascinating culture all of my life. I return to Munich for two months each year to keep up-to-date on current events, the arts, and societal changes. This lifelong and on-going experience provides me with a wealth of cultural illustrations and linguistic insights to draw upon in teaching American students. My nominations for both the Case Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award and the Wittke Award, which I won in 2003, are evidence of the effectiveness of my teaching and my attention to students’ needs.

Courses

Language Courses:
In addition to the basic and intermediate language courses, I teach advanced conversation courses.

 

Literature and Culture Courses:
All my 300-level courses include viewings of the most recent German films.

In my introductory and advanced courses on German culture I focus on German Modernism and Postmodernism in literature, art, and music, as well as on contemporary intellectual life in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

 

In GRMN 312, an introduction to German drama, we start with one-act plays by Bert Brecht and end with the contemporary dramatists Peter Handke, Elfriede Jelinek, and Xaver Kroetz. In GRMN 313, an introduction to literary interpretation, we cover all major literary genres, starting with a joke and ending with a classical tragedy. In particular, we analyze poetry in the context of its setting to music (from Beethoven to Kurt Weill and Schoenberg).

 

My GRMN 380 Advanced Studies in Culture courses include Munich/Berlin, a comparative approach to the public and private memories, the art and architecture, and the cinematic and literary portraits of two German urban centers.

My Advanced Literature Courses include GRMN 320 Literature and the Media, and several other courses on contemporary fiction. For example, Between Autobiography and Fiction—Literature 2000 explores novels and short stories published at the turn of the millennium, such as Bernhard Schlink’s “Der Vorleser,” and texts by Ingo Schulze, Judith Herrmann or Emine Özdamar, young authors that reflect the experience of a non-German ethnic background or of a pre-Wende communist Germany.

German Literature, Politics, and Censorship traces the subversive German literature--poems, jokes, plays, and prose--from the 16th to the 21th century with a special focus on political cabaret, a literary art form combining satirical comedy, song, theater, and dance.

 

The Munich Experience:
I have designed and been teaching The Munich Experience. This study abroad program consists of a spring semester orientation course followed by a challenging and exciting three-week program in Munich during which students stay with Munich families. It includes tours through medieval castles, Renaissance town halls, a backstage opera tour as well as opera, concert, and theater performances. Students meet and talk with a violin maker in the Bavarian Alps, workers at BMW’s most innovative assembly plant, and one of the few survivors of the 1940’s student resistance group The White Rose.

Cinema Courses:
I have taught From Expressionism to Run Lola Run, a survey course on modern German cinema and Constructing Reality, a study of the history and role of documentary film in Germany. The latter course included a two-week workshop with an Austrian documentary filmmaker. Again, furthur information on those workshops can be found here.

SAGES University Seminar:
For SAGES I have taught USSY 207 Berlin, an introduction to Germany’s new capital through the study of representations of this city in modern literature and film.

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