Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE GRM1052

 
TITLE Texte der Deutschen Literatur / German literary texts

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT German

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit is designed as an introduction to reading and analysing German literature. Parallel to the ‘Einführung in die Literaturwissenschaft’, it gives students the opportunity to practice understanding literary texts in German – on a linguistic level, but also as aesthetic constructions. Students will discuss the general question of the benefits of reading and studying literary texts in a foreign language, they will put into practice methods of literary analysis, with a focus on more accessible prose texts. Literary texts will also be looked at in their historical context, here the study-unit might focus on the post-1945 period, and could thus for instance introduce the important issue of ‘coming to terms with the past.

Dieser Kurs ist als Einführung in die Lektüre und Analyse deutscher Literatur konzipiert. Parallel zu dem Kurs ‘Einführung in die Literaturwissenschaft’ gibt er den Studierenden die Möglichkeit, das Verstehen literarischer Texte auf Deutsch einzuüben – dies ist zunächst ein Verstehen auf rein sprachlicher Ebene, dann aber auch das Erfassen der Texte als ästhetische Konstrukte. Die Studierenden werden zum einen die allgemeine Frage nach dem Nutzen der Lektüre und des Studiums literarischer Texte in einer Fremdsprache diskutieren, zum anderen Methoden der Analyse von Literatur in der Praxis ausprobieren. Dabei liegt der Schwerpunkt des Kurses auf leichter zugänglichen Prosatexten. Literarische Texte werden auch in ihrem historischen Kontext betrachtet, wobei sich der Kurs zum Beispiel auf die Zeit nach 1945 konzentrieren kann, und dabei etwa das wichtige Thema der ‚Vergangenheitsbewältigung‘ vorstellen kann.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims at introducing students to reading and analysing German literature critically as well as fruitfully.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- analyse literary texts (in German);
- identify and recognize some of the central topics and writing techniques in German literature.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- read literary texts with an awareness of their structure, figures of speech, different genres;
- reflect on the uses of literature in general.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- This book will be useful throughout the course of studies in German literature:
Wolfgang Beutin (et al.) (ed.), Deutsche Literaturgeschichte. Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Stuttgart 2001 (Metzler).

- Jochen Vogt, Einladung zur Literaturwissenschaft. Wilhelm Fink, 2008.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Katrin Dautel

 
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