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GERM4125 - Austrian Literature 1890-1938: from Empire to Republic

Value: 0.5 course units / 30 MA credits
MA module code: GERMG012
Tutor: Dr Judith Beniston
Teaching structure: 10 two-hour seminars, plus 5 additional hours for MA students
Assessment for GERM4125: one assessed 2 500 word essay (50%); and one unseen two-hour written examination (50%).
Assessment for GERMG012: one assessed 6 000 word essay (100%)
Available to: Final Year students and MA students


Module Description:

In Austria the period between approximately 1890 and 1938 was not only one of enormous political upheavals (the collapse of the Habsburg Empire, the founding of the First Austrian Republic, and its subsequent Anschluss to Nazi Germany), it was also a time of intense cultural and intellectual activity. Focusing on key works of the Viennese fin de siècle and of the interwar period, this module will explore some of the distinctive preoccupations of Viennese modernism — sexuality and the inner life, aestheticism and Sprachkrise — as well as examining literary responses to the issues of national identity and cultural tradition.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • Arthur Schnitzler, Anatol (Reclam).
  • Arthur Schnitzler, Leutnant Gustl (Fischer Bücherei, Reclam).
  • Robert Musil, Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß (rororo 300).
  • Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Der Schwierige (Fischer Bücherei, Reclam).
  • Ödön von Horváth, Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald (Suhrkamp).
  • Joseph Roth, Radetzkymarsch (Kiepenheuer & Witsch).