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GERMAN 500 A: Literary Theory, Methodology, And Bibliography

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
DEN 256
SLN: 
15258
Instructor:
Rick Gray
Richard Gray

Syllabus Description:

This course has a double focus. On the one hand, it introduces graduate students to the significant bibliographical reference tools (both Web-based and book format) of German literary studies and trains them in bibliographical and research methods, as well as in the rudiments of MLA style. On the other hand, the course provides an introduction to foundational literary, cultural, and textual theories—e.g., structuralism, deconstruction, hermeneutics, reception theory, feminism, neo-Marxism—on the basis of selected short essays by the primary theoreticians such as Freud, Lacan, Nietzsche, Derrida, Foucault, Gadamer, Jauss, etc. We will attempt to move from theory to application by using these different approaches as tools for interpreting a single text, Kafka’s short story “Das Urteil.” Students will be assigned a series of shorter written and oral exercises: the compilation of two bibliographies (one on an 18th-century, one on a 20th/21st-century writer); the establishment of a research bibliography for a paper (undergraduate or graduate) written previously for another course, and a reworking of this paper according to MLA style; an oral presentation on a particular theoretical movement and its application to Kafka’s story; a mock book review of a work relevant to one of your current research projects, or on a theoretical interest.

 

Required Textbooks:

 

Oliver Jahraus and Stefan Neuhaus, eds. Kafkas “Urteil” und die Literaturtheorie: Zehn Modellanalyse. Reclam UB 17636. Stuttgart: Reclam, 2002. ISBN: 3150176360

Johannes Hansel and Lydia Kaiser, Literaturrecherche für Germanisten: Studienausgabe. 10th ed. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2003. ISBN: 3503061622

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York: MLA, 1998. ISBN: 0873522974

Raabe, Paul. Einführung in die Bücherkunde zur deutschen Literatrwissenschaft. 11th ed. Sammlung Metzler 1. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1994. ISBN: 347611001X (This book is out of print, but generally available via Amazon or Amazon.de used, for a very reasonable price. It is the most compact, best-organized introduction to bibliographical materials for German Studies, although a bit out of date. I have 3 extra copies I can share with students, first come, first served.)

Students are encouraged to order books online through Amazon.de, or from Amazon.com (Amazon Marketplace for used copies, even of German-language books) to save money. All these books are frequently used as classroom textbooks, so they tend to be readily available in affordable used copies. University Bookstores will also have a limited set of copies.

A Xerox Reader with the theoretical texts will be available from Ram Copy Center, 4144 University Way NE, prior to the start of classes.

Draft Syllabus:

Course Requirements:

1) Bio-bibliography of an eighteenth-century writer (MLA format).

2) Bio-bibliography of a contemporary writer (MLA format).

3) Position paper, presented in class, on a theoretical text and its application to Kafka’s “Das Urteil.”

4) Mock book review of a recent publication in German studies or literary theory.

5) Re-researching, re-documenting, and re-formatting of a previously written undergraduate or graduate paper, finished as a “manuscript” according to MLA specifications.

Jan. 4 (W)       Introduction to Course; Library Introduction, Diana Brooking, Germanics Librarian

Jan. 9 (M)       Hansel/Kaiser, “Einführung,” 21-27, “Bibliographische Hilfsmittel im Internet,” 29-45; Raabe, 1-30; Introduction to German Bibliographical Materials. Read Kafka’s “Das Urteil” [Bring laptops to practice online searches]

Jan. 11 (W)     Raabe, 31-67 and Tables; Reference Room: Familiarization with Bibliographical Materials. Read Kafka’s “Das Urteil” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 7-20), and Jahraus/Neuhaus, “Einleitung,” 23-34. [Meet in Suzzalo Library]

Jan. 16 (M)    Martin Luther King Holiday [Begin studying the MLA Style Manual, especially the pages on documentation and bibliographies, 163-239; Re-read Kafka’s “Das Urteil.”]

Jan. 18 (W)     Hermeneutics: Heidegger, “Verstehen und Auslegen” (Sein und Zeit); Hans-Georg Gadamer, “Erhebung der Geschichtlichkeit des Verstehens zum hermeneutischen Prinzip” (Wahrheit und Methode); Rolf Selbmann, “Kafka als Hermeneutiker” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 36-58);

Jan. 23 (M)     Reception Theory: Jauss, Literaturgeschichte als Provokation (sections 5-9); Wolfgang Iser, “Die Appellstruktur der Texte”; Stefan Neuhaus, “Im Namen des Lesers” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 78-100).

Jan. 25 (W)     MLA Style Manual, “Documentation: Preparing the List of Works Cited,” 163-239; “Documentation: Citing Sources in the Text,” 240-60. Formal Bibliographies and MLA Style.

Jan. 30 (M)     Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud, “Die Traumarbeit” (Die Traumdeutung); Jacques Lacan, “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I”; Thomas Anz, “Praktiken und Probleme psychoanalytischer Literaturinterpretation” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 126-51).

Feb. 1 (W)       Structuralism: 56-58; Ferdinand de Saussure, “Course in General Linguistics”; Roman Jakobson, “Two Aspects of Language”; Michael Scheffel, “Das Urteil—Eine Erzählung ohne ‘geraden, zusammenhängenden, verfolgbaren Sinn’?” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 59-77)

Feb. 6 (M)      18th-century Bio-bib. Due
Poststructuralism I (Foundations):
Friedrich Nietzsche, “Über Wahrheit und Lüge im außermoralischen Sinn”; Jacques Derrida, “Différance”; Jacques Derrida, “Of Grammatology.”

Feb. 8 (W)       Poststructuralism II: Jean Baudrillard, “Simulacra and Simulations”; Paul de Man, “The Rhetoric of Temporality”; Oliver Jahraus, “Zeichen-Verschiebungen vom Brief zum Urteil, von Georg zum Freund: Kafkas Das Urteil aus poststrukturalistischer/dekonstruktivistischer Sicht” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 241-62).

Feb. 13 (M)    Marxism; Sociological Approaches I: Karl Marx “Die Methode der politischen Ökonomie” (Grundrisse); “Die deutsche Ideologie” (excerpts); “Die Ware” (Das Kapital).

Feb. 15 (W)    20th-century Bio-bib. Due
Marxism; Sociological Approaches II:
Louis Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses”; Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, “Kulturindustrie” (Dialektik der Aufklärung); Claus-Michael Ort, “Sozialgeschichte der Literatur und die Probleme textbezogener Literatursoziologie” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 101-25).

Feb. 20 (M)    President's Day Holiday [Work on your Book Review.]

Feb. 22 (W)    Discourse Analysis: Michel Foucault, “The Unities of Discourse,” “Discursive Formations” (Archaeology of Knowledge); Michel de Certeau, “General Introduction” and “Strategies and Tactics” (Practice of Everyday Life); Lothar Bluhm, “‘ein Sohn nach meinem Herzen’: Kafkas Das Urteil im Diskursfeld der zeitgenössischen Goethe-Nachfolge” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 176-96).

Feb. 27 (M)    Mock Book Review Due

                        Gender Studies: Judith Butler, “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution”; Judith Halberstam “Female Masculinity”; Christine Kanz, “Differente Männlichkeiten: Kafkas Das Urteil aus gendertheoretischer Perspektive” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 152-75).

Mar. 1             System Theory: Niklas Luhmann, “Vorwort” and “Zur Einführung: Paradigmawechsel in der Systemtheorie” (Soziale Systeme); Nina Ort, “Zum Gelingen und Scheitern von Kommunikation: Kafkas Urteil aus systemtheoretischer Perspektive” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 197-219).

Mar. 6             Intertextuality: Mikhail Bakhtin, “Discourse in the Novel”; Roland Barthes, “The Death of the Author”; Susanne Schedel, “Literatur ist Zitat—‘Korrespondenzverhältnisse’ in Kafkas Das Urteil” (Jahraus/Neuhaus, 220-40).

Mar. 8             Re-researched and Re-formatted Paper Due Review; Catch-up; Recapitulation.

Catalog Description: 
Historical survey and analysis of criticism (Methodengeschichte) and modern trends in contemporary theory. Methods of research and bibliography, as well as theoretical aspects of practical interpretation.
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 9:15pm
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