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GERMAN 580 A: Seminar in German Literature

Europe in 4Books: Contemporary German Prose

Meeting Time: 
M 2:30pm - 5:20pm
Location: 
DEN 111
SLN: 
14771
Instructor:
Brigitte Prutti
Brigitte Prutti

Syllabus Description:

Europe in 4Books: Contemporary German Prose

 

This seminar focuses on four major examples of recent German prose by well-established German-speaking writers, all of them published to great literary sound and fury: Jenny Erpenbeck’s novel gehen, ging, gegangen [2015]; Robert Menasse’s Die Hauptstadt [2017]; Juli Zeh‘s Leere Herzen [2017], and Arno Geiger‘s, Unter der Drachenwand [2018].  We will examine how these four very different novels narrate the European present and past while framing a host of significant aesthetic and political concerns. We will ask pertinent questions of novelistic traditions and form, of narrative style, about the construction of authorship and the mechanisms of literary production today. Caroline Levine’s new formalism (2015) will guide our reflections on how to connect literature and the social world. Students can expect to gain some sense of the scope, the topical issues, the significance, and the formal variety of contemporary German literature today and to practice their critical skills in reading longer prose. Course Requirements: Readings and participation in class; brief oral assignments for each class session; a project presentation at the end, and a substantial seminar paper (circa 15pp.).

Additional Details:

This seminar focuses on four major examples of recent German prose by well-established German-speaking writers, all of them published to great literary sound and fury: Jenny Erpenbeck’s novel gehen, ging, gegangen [2015]; Robert Menasse’s Die Hauptstadt [2017]; Juli Zeh‘s Leere Herzen [2017], and Arno Geiger‘s, Unter der Drachenwand [2018].  We will examine how these four very different novels narrate the European present and past while framing a host of significant aesthetic and political concerns. We will ask pertinent questions of novelistic traditions and form, of narrative style, about the construction of authorship and the mechanisms of literary production today. Caroline Levine’s new formalism (2015) will guide our reflections on how to connect literature and the social world. Students can expect to gain some sense of the scope, the topical issues, the significance, and the formal variety of contemporary German literature today and to practice their critical skills in reading longer prose. Course Requirements: Readings and participation in class; brief oral assignments for each class session; a project presentation at the end, and a substantial seminar paper (circa 15pp.).

 

 

Catalog Description: 
Open topics seminar with varying content.
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:06pm
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