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GERMAN 311 A: Introduction To German Literary Studies

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:30am - 11:20am
Location: 
MGH 254
SLN: 
15247
Instructor:
Ellwood Wiggins

Syllabus Description:

Forms of Desire: Critical Approaches to German Literature

Introduction to major critical concepts and basic methodological issues of literary studies. Diverse reading strategies plus special emphasis on analytical writing about literature. Readings from eighteenth- to twentieth-century literature.

This course is intended to introduce you to the basic techniques of literary discussion, to develop your ability to interpret by close reading of German literature, and to refine your writing skills. To do so, we will read and discuss a wide range of texts across three centuries (18th-20th) and three genres (lyric, prose narrative, drama). Despite this variety, each of our texts will focus in a different way on the nature of human desire. In each case, we will reflect on the ways that the form of the work at hand inflects and shapes its representation of desire.

Readings and classroom discussion will be in German; writing assignments, in English.

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to major critical concepts and basic methodological issues of literary studies. Diverse reading strategies plus special emphasis on analytical writing about literature. Readings from eighteenth- to twentieth-century literature.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 9:15pm
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