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GERM4121 - History as Drama: German Historical Drama from 1770 to the present

Value: 0.5 course units / 30 MA credits
MA module code: GERMG044
Tutor: Dr Judith Beniston
Teaching structure: 10 two-hour seminars plus 5 further hours for MA students
Assessment for GERM4121: one assessed 2500 word essay (50%); and one unseen two-hour examination (50%).
Assessment for GERMG044: one assessed 6000 word essay (100%).
Available to: Final Year students and MA students

Module Description:

Tackling subjects as diverse as the decline of the medieval robber-knight, the French Revolution, and the founding of modern physics, historical drama has long been an important part of the German literary and theatrical tradition. This module focuses on a selection of German historical dramas from the late eighteenth century to the present and encourages students to explore the development of the genre and the key theoretical issue of the relationship between historiography and theatrical representation.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, Götz von Berlichingen (Reclam)
  • Grillparzer, Franz, König Ottokars Glück und Ende (Reclam)
  • Büchner, Georg, Dantons Tod (Reclam)
  • Hauptmann, Gerhart, Die Weber (Ullstein Verlag, ed. by Hans Schwab-Felisch)
  • Brecht, Bertolt, Leben des Galilei (Suhrkamp Verlag)
  • Weiss, Peter, Die Verfolgung und Ermordung Jean Paul Marats dargestellt durch die Schauspielgruppe des Hospizes zu Charenton unter Anleitung des Herrn de Sade (known as Marat/Sade) (Suhrkamp Verlag)