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Introduction to Modern German Literature
Course code: GERM1105
Course unit value: 0.5
This course aims to introduce you to the systematic and rigorous study of German literature. Some of you may have done very little literature at school; others may be used to discussing literary texts. Our introductory half-unit is meant to speak to both the beginners and the ‘old hands’. We take a selection of texts written between the second half of the eighteenth century and the present.
All teaching for this course will be in small tutorial groups, and an average of three weeks will be spent on each text. The course will focus on developing both analytical skills and essay-writing techniques.
NB. It is important that students acquire these texts and read them well in advance of the tutorials.
Assessment: 1 000-2 500 word coursework (10%); one assessed 2 500 word essay (45%); and one unseen two-hour written examination (45%).
Preparatory reading and set texts:
- Bertolt Brecht, Der gute Mensch von Sezuan (Suhrkamp).
- Franz Kafka, 'Das Urteil' (Fischer).
- Günter Grass, Katz und Maus (dtv).
- Friedrich Schiller, Maria Stuart (Reclam).
- Ludwig Tieck, Der blonde Eckbert (Reclam).
- Various authors, Poetry [handout to be provided].