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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2005

E 322 • Literature in New German Cinema

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32070 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
ESB 133

Course Description

The literary and cinematic imagination have a history of cross-fertilization. This course is concerned with comparative criticism of the two media in the historical and political context, with an emphasis on comparing literary and film language. The focus is on New German Films as adaptations of literary works from 1800 to the present. Literature and cinema are by nature international and therefore, in the second half of the 20th century, share a supra-national theoretical framework. Topics in the theory of literature in film and cinematic "novelization" include: the author as filmmaker; statements of auteurs and writer/filmmakers regarding motion pictures; the role of the narrator; and cinemorphic structures in literature. The sociology of literary and cinematic production are examined both as media in the age of technological reproduction, and as parts of the culture industry.

Grading Policy

Viewing of one film a week outside of class hours. Students desiring extra credit: oral presentation of 10 pp. paper.

Class Participation 20%
Four 1 page Précis: 3% each
Two 2 page Reviews: 5% each
One 10 page Paper (with substantial revision): 28%
Quizzes: 5%
Mid-semester, in-class dress rehearsal exam for the final: 5%
Final exam: 20%

NOTE: More than 5 absences and late paper to affect your grade (- 5% for each day). No late oral presentations. Save your allowable absences for emergencies.


F. Wedekind, Pandora's Box, G. Büchner, "Woyzeck" in Plays of Georg Büchner, J.Becker, Jacob, the Liar, C. Zuckmayer, The Captain of Köpenick, R. Musil, Young Törless, H. Böll, The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum, G. Grass, Tin Drum (in excerpts), E. Rentschler, German Film & Lit., Classpack


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