GERM-240 Contemporary Literature
Fall for 2014-2015
This seminar-style course is designed to familiarize students with various aspects of contemporary German literature since 1945, focusing on the relationship between literary form and social/historical context. In addition to the pleasure of reading some outstanding examples of post-war German-language literature, we will also look at a number of essays that try to assess the importance of literature beyond the confines of literary debate. Thus, the course provides an introduction to the literary tradition as it is part of the educated discourse in German-speaking societies today.
The last novel to be read, Blut im Wasser (2009) was written by Alexander Schimmelbusch, a former Georgetown student who took a much earlier version of this seminar more than a decade ago.
The topical focus of the course is supported by the development and honing of writing and presentational skills through regular short papers on the readings and presentations on programmatic texts and additional books.
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