Topics in German Studies: From Flaneur to Hipster: Berlin in Text and Film (GRMST-223)

Since its rapid rise as a European and world metropolis in the late nineteenth century, Berlin has drawn both continuous fascination and criticism. The city has served as a playground for conflicting forces and become a symbol of Germany's and Europe's complicated path in the twentieth and twenty-first century. This class provides snapshots of Berlin's fascinating landscape from the 1900s to the present through a wide range of emblematic figures (the flaneur, the prostitute, the urban youth, the rebel, the hipster, etc.) at various sites of urban exploration.