Expressionist Lyric Poetry
The 'expressionist decade' (c. 1910-1920) has significantly contributed to the development of modern literature, especially in the field of lyric poetry. In this course we will read and discuss a cross-section of expressionist poetry, trying to get an overview over typical forms, subjects, and motifs (e.g. messianic pathos, perception of the modern city, 'aesthetics of the ugly', madness and disintegration of the human subject). Our reading will include poems by Jakob van Hoddis, Georg Heym, Ernst Stadler, August Stramm, Georg Trakl, Else Lasker-Schüler, Gottfried Benn and others, complemented by a small selection of contemporary theoretical writings.
Textbook (to be purchased): Vietta, Silvio, ed. Lyrik des Expressionismus. 4th ed. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1999.
Requirements: Regular attendance and participation, one final longer paper. Readings and discussion are in German.