In spring 2018 Roche is teaching a seminar for advanced undergraduates entitled Challenges to God and the Social Order, which explores works by Heine, Büchner, Storm, and Fontane and a new required course entitled Contemporary Germany, which involves various facets of Germany today, from history and politics to society and culture. In the fall he was on leave, working on a book tentatively called Beautiful Ugliness.

In 2016-2017 Roche taught each semester the core German course Introduction to German Literature and Culture as well as the year-long humanities seminar for first-year honors students, which in the fall explores Great Works of Literature and Culture from Homer to Boethius and in the spring takes students from Dante to Woody Allen.

In Spring 2016 Roche taught a German seminar on Tragedy, Comedy, Identity. He also had a one-time course release for his six-year leadership of the Mellon Initiative on Religion across the Disciplines. In Fall 2015 Roche taught a College Seminar on Faith, Doubt, and Reason and “Introduction to German Literature and Culture.”

Undergraduate Courses

Roche has taught undergraduate courses in German language, literature, and culture, as well as broader courses. Sample courses:

  • Comedy, Jokes, and Satire in the German-Speaking World
  • Great Questions and the Liberal Arts
  • Faith, Doubt, and Reason
  • Religious Themes in Modern German Literature and Thought
  • Austrian Literature from Grillparzer to Handke
  • Weimar and the Third Reich in German Literature and Film
  • Modern German Literature in Cultural Context
  • Introduction to German Drama

Graduate Courses

Roche’s graduate courses have focused on German literature and intellectual history. Sample courses:

  • The Idea of God’s Dependence on Humanity in German Literature and Culture
  • Objective Idealism and the Study of Literature
  • German Intellectual History from Kant to the Present
  • Literature in the Age of Technology
  • Tragedy and the Philosophy of Tragedy from Lessing to Hochhuth
  • German Comedy from Lessing to Brecht
  • Narrative Theory and the Interpretation of Fictional Narratives
  • Aspects of Poetics, Rhetoric, and Stylistics: An Introduction to the Formal Study of Literature

Sample Syllabi

Fourth-Semester German: Vielfältiges Deutsch[land] (Spring 2015)
Great Works of Literature and Culture from Grünewald to Benedict (Spring 2015)
Great Works of Literature and Culture from Homer to Dante (Fall 2014)
Zur Geschichte der Religion und Philosophie in Deutschland (Fall 2014)
Evil, Power, and Art from Plato to Hitchcock (Spring 2014)
German Narratives (Spring 2014)
Literature and Contradiction (Fall 2013)
Comedy, Jokes, and Satire in the German-speaking World (Spring 2011)
Masterpieces of German Cinema (Fall 2010)
Great Questions and the Liberal Arts (Spring 2008)

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