4 credits / MW 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Taught by Doreen Densky.
Readings and discussions in German.
Required for the German major. Representative authors and works of German literature, with emphasis on the modern period. Basic conventions of literature and literary interpretation, as well as strategies for the effective reading of shorter and longer prose works, drama, and poetry. Guided writing assignments focus on developing the language skills necessary for effective written analysis and interpretation of literary texts in German.
This course has two major goals. First, it introduces students to a selection of representative authors and exemplary texts of German-language literature from the 18th to the 21st century. Second, it helps students develop close and critical reading skills while they learn to express themselves about literary texts in German, both in speaking and in writing. Covering the three major literary genres – poetry, prose, drama – some of the following issues will be discussed: the depiction of otherness; the representation of time and history; the uncanny; the relationship between form and content; the economy of human relationships on the basis of hierarchy, love, authority, among others.