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

HNRS 2013 Sec. 061 - Spring 2023

Dr. Michael Dettinger Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures

M W 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
135 French House

This course will provide an overview of the surveillance states of Germany during the National Socialist period as well as during the years of former East Germany. We 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, we 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. The overarching aim is to challenge you to critically think about these complex issues.

  • Enrollment in this course requires participation in a spring break excursion to Berlin, Germany on March 10-18, 2023.
  • The program fee will be charged to student’s fee bill in the Spring 2023 semester. (Program fee TBA.)
  • This course is open to all LSU students, regardless of enrollment in the Ogden Honors College. If the program fills up, priority will be given to Honors College students, students with at least two semesters of German, and students with prior coursework related to German history and culture.

If you are interested in joining this program, please complete a brief pre-application including a short statement of interest.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Social Sciences