Faculty of Arts


GERMAN 211

Contemporary German Literature


Description

A study of post-1990 German literary texts as well as their social and political environment. Topics include: literary responses to a newly developing national identity, literary reconstructions of life in the GDR, literary representations of a united Germany by immigrants, Jewish identity in a united Germany. Authors considered include Jens Sparschuh, Monika Maron, Barbara Honigmann, Stefan Heym and others.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, you should:

  • Have improved your ability to read a longer text in German
  • Have improved your spoken German through regular discussions and presentations
  • Be familiar with a range of texts relevant to contemporary Germany, Switzerland and Austria
  • Have acquired tools and strategies to discuss and interpret a literary text
  • Have improved your knowledge of German society and culture
  • Have a better understanding of how to write a critical essay using secondary literature and relevant bibliographic tools

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Availability 2021

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Dr Stephan Resch

Reading/Texts

Readings will be available through CANVAS/Talis via Modules.

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Points

GERMAN 211: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

45 points in German

Restrictions

GERMAN 303


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