Newest German Literature|
Fall 2018 not offered
This seminar is designed to introduce students to literary texts written in the German language in the past few years. Because the texts we will read are of such recent vintage, they are not yet part of a literary canon: What their significance is and how and why we should read them is far from settled. For this reason, this seminar will fulfill a twofold task: (1) It will critically engage with some of the most cutting-edge literary writing currently being done in the German language; and (2) it will offer extensive opportunities to explore and critique how these texts deal with contemporary social issues such as the ongoing refugee crisis and the revival of nationalist and authoritarian politic, or the accelerating socio-economic inequality and disintegration of the European welfare states.
This seminar is part of a collaboration between the German Departments at Wesleyan and the University of Minnesota. Some assignments require that students collaborate with their peers at the partnering institution. The two instructors will co-teach one session at each institution.
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Nele Pollatschek, DAS UNGLÜCK ANDERER LEUTE
Terezia Mora, LIEBE UNTER ALIENS
Christian Kracht, DIE TOTEN
Reinhald Goetz, JOHANN HOLTROP
Jenny Erpenbeck, GEHEN, GING, GEGANGEN
Merle Kröger, HAVARIE
David Wagner, VIER ÄPFEL
Thomas Melle, 3000 EURO
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All readings, discussions and assignments will be in German.