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GERM4126 - Recording Revolt: 1967 in Germany and after

Value: 0.5 course units / 30 MA credits
MA module code: GERMG016
Tutor: Dr Mererid Davies
Teaching structure:
Assessment for GERM4126: one assessed 2,500 word essay (50%); and one unseen two-hour written examination (50%).
Assessment for GERMG016: one assessed 6,000 word essay (100%).
Available to: Final Year students and MA students


Module Description:

The module takes as its central theme the left-wing culture of revolt in Germany in the late 1960s and examines the problems inherent in subsequent attempts to record and interpret that revolt through the medium of text and film.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • Deutschland im Herbst (film, 1978) (made collaboratively)
  • Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Der kurze Sommer der Anarchie (1972) (Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, 2008)
  • Erich Fried, und VIETNAM und (1966) (various editions)
  • Ulrike Meinhof, Bambule. Fürsorge – Sorge für wen? (1971) (Berlin: Wagenbach, 2002)
  • Erika Runge, Bottroper Protokolle (1968) (Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, 2008) [extracts will be provided]
  • Helke Sander, Brecht die Macht der Manipulateure (film, 1967)
  • Peter Schneider, Lenz (1973) (Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2008)
  • Verena Stefan, Häutungen (1975) (Frankfurt/Main: Fischer, 1994)
  • Uwe Timm, Heißer Sommer (1974) (Munich: dtv, 1998)
  • Margarethe von Trotta, Die bleierne Zeit (film, 1981)
  • Bernward Vesper, Die Reise. Romanessay (posthumously, 1977) (Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2005) [in extracts – selection to be confirmed
  • Günter Wallraff, Industriereportagen. Als Arbeiter in deutschen Grossbetrieben (1966) (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1991) [extracts will be provided].

Film viewings will be arranged in the department for the films to be studied. In most cases they are also available for you to borrow via UCL Main Library if you’d like to view them independently. Where it is noted that copies or extracts from texts will be provided, these will be made available via Moodle.