Fall 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Urban Studies|
In the study of German literature (and art), the terms romanticism, realism, and modernism designate a span of time extending from the "Age of Goethe" to the mid-20th century literary cultures of West Germany, East Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In this seminar, we want to take a closer look at representative examples for each of the three categories: What kind of subject matters are prevalent in each respective period, what narrative, dramatic, and poetic devices and forms are typically employed? What distinguishes these periods from one another, how useful are these distinctions? What, finally, is the purpose of such periodizing of literature?
The purpose of this seminar is twofold: 1. It is intended to provide a historical overview of German literature by engaging with representative romanticist, realist, and modernist works of prose, drama, and lyric; 2. It is designed to critically probe the concepts of romanticism, realism, and modernism: How useful are these categories in making us understand the evolution of fiction, authorship and readership, literary subjectivity, or narrative form? What are some pitfalls of using these categories?
All readings, papers, and discussions will be in German.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(GRST-MN)(GRST)
Readings will include prose, poetry, and drama by authors such as Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Friedrich Schlegel, Ludwig Tieck, Rahel Levin Varnhagen, Heinrich Heine, Georg Buechner, Annette von Droste-Huelshoff, Friedrich Raabe, Theodor Storm, Gerhart Hauptmann, Emmy Hennings, Irmgard Keun, Bertolt Brecht, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly one-page response papers; on five-page final paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is designed for students who have taken GRST 217 or 213, or any 300-level course, or who have studied abroad in a German-speaking country, or who have advanced Intermediate proficiency.
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