GERM-461 Contemporary Literature: Post-war to Unification
Fall for 2017-2018
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 consider some of the media contexts for the publishing industry, in particular web-based books. Thus, the course provides an introduction to the literary tradition as it is part of the educated discourse in German-speaking societies today and some of the contemporary discussions concerning the cultural technique of book publishing and reading. The reading list will include the newest novel 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 additional books.
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