Giants of German Prose|
Spring 2009 not offered
GELT 260, COL 273|
In this course significant novels and novellas written by German, Austrian, and Swiss authors between the 19th and 21st centuries will be carefully read and discussed. Particular attention will be paid to the portrayal of social and political issues, to narrative strategies, and to thematic and stylistic continuities and discontinuities in the cultures of the German-speaking regions. Several films based on works read in the course will be viewed and analyzed.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Theodor Fontane, EFFI BRIEST
Thomas Mann, "Little Herr Friedemann," TONIO KROEGER, DEATH IN VENICE
Franz Kafka, METAMORPHOSIS
Hermann Hesse, STEPPENWOLF
Max Frisch, HOMO FABER
Peter Handke, A SORROW BEYOND DREAMS
Heinrich Boell, THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM
GŁnter Grass, CRABWALK
Christoph Hein, WILLENBROCK
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly "reading journal" entries; regular oral reports; and one final project, which may be creative in nature. The course emphasizes writing and effective speaking: the journal entries will all be revised, and the oral reports must be carefully structured and presented in such a way as to stimulate discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students competent in German are welcome to do some of the readings and writing exercises in German. Class discussion will be conducted in English.
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