Sweet Sixteen? Portraits of Youth in Modern German Literature
What was it like to be young before the digital age? How is youth portrayed in modern German literature? What are the major literary paradigms for plotting male and female adolescence? These are some of the questions to be posed in this course about youth in modern German literature and culture between the late 18th century and today. We will consider youthful protagonists and young writers inside and outside of fiction and discuss some major youth-related themes and forms. Readings will include stories and short novels by Ingeborg Bachmann, Alina Bronsky, Joseph von Eichendorff, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Helene Hegemann, Judith Hermann, Christian Kracht, Thomas Mann, Terézia Mora, Ulrich Plenzdorf, and others. Students can expect to broaden their historical knowledge of German literature and to expand their critical reading and writing skills. Course requirements: Active participation in class, oral assignments, short papers.