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GERM 403B 001 (Lecture)

Studies in Modern German Culture (in English) - MOD GERM CULTURE

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Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 2 (Jan 02, 2019 to Apr 04, 2019)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): January 14, 2019


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : January 14, 2019
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
February 08, 2019

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Instructor: TBA


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-  Tales of the Average, Tales of Deviance: Literature and Statistics What kinds of stories do numbers tell? This question becomes urgent in the face of reports on climate change, the gathering of big data by governments and corporations, and judgments of normality and deviance. While chance and contingency were long thought to lie outside the realm of knowledge, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there arose new means for measuring probabilities and mass phenomena; by the end of the nineteenth century, statistics was recognized as a science in its own right. In this seminar we will examine German and European texts in which this new knowledge of the human appears, from roughly 1800 to 1930. Statistical people are inherently fictional; in our seminar, we will take a close look at interactions between literary fiction and statistical descriptions &~ of human life and society. Readings may include texts by Heinrich von Kleist, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Adalbert Stifter, Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, as well as material from nineteenth century scientific journals and secondary literature from the history of science on the so-called avalanche of numbers.

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