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GERM2106 - Love, Violence and Laughter: Medieval and Early Modern German Literature and Culture up to 1740

Value: 0.5 course units
Dr Sebastian Coxon
Teaching structure: The module is conducted through a mixture of lecture and discussion classes.
Assessment: one assessed 2,500 word essay (50%); and one unseen two-hour written examination (50%).

Module Description:

This module will cover major narrative and lyric texts from the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. Consideration will be given to both predominant themes (courtliness and heroism; conflicting demands of love and society; transgression) and broader literary theoretical questions (alterity; developments in medieval narrative technique; textual in/stability).

Students will have plenty of opportunity to learn to read medieval texts in the original.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

Term 1

  • Das Nibelungenlied, ed. Ursula Schulze, with modern German translation and helpful commentary by Siegfried Grosse, Stuttgart, 2011 (Reclam)
  • Walther von der Vogelweide: Werke. Band 2: Liedlyrik, ed. Günther Schweikle, Stuttgart 1998 etc (Reclam)

Term 2

  • Hartmann von Aue: Iwein, ed. and translated by Rüdiger Krohn, with a commentary by Mireille Schnyder Stuttgart, 2012 (Reclam)
  • Werner der Gärtner: Helmbrecht, ed. with a translation and commentary by Fritz Tschirch, Stuttgart 2007 (Reclam)