• Upper Level German Literature Survey Course Syllabus

    Author(s):
    Marlo Alexandra Burks (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    German Literature and Culture
    Subject(s):
    Germanic literature
    Item Type:
    Syllabus
    Tag(s):
    syllabus
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6049X
    Abstract:
    This course provides an introduction to German literature from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. We will read and analyse excerpts from representative works of major writers such as Goethe, Novalis, Büchner, Kafka, and Hesse. Focus will be placed on literary style, history of ideas (Ideengeschichte), and reflections on language as a means of representation. Through both close readings and comparisons of texts within the course, students will learn to appreciate and think critically about the literary qualities of the German language, but also to entertain broader questions about tradition and breaks with tradition. This is a reading and writing intensive course. In addition to the readings in German, there will be weekly writing activities and occasional lectures. Assignments and class discussion will also be in German. English will only be used occasionally for purposes of clarification. Students are expected to have read all texts before the scheduled class discussions. Active, continuous participation is required. Perfect German is not necessary, but a genuine effort to communicate in German is expected. All assignments are to be completed in German.
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