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Peter Hess, Chair 2505 University Avenue, Burdine Hall 336, Mailcode C3300, Austin TX 78712-1802 • 512-471-4123

Spring 2010

GER 346L • German Literature Between the Enlightenment and the Present

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38060 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
BUR 232

Course Description

A survey of German literature from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. This course will cover the intellectual movements of the Enlightenment, Idealism, Romanticism, the Pre-March era, Realism, Naturalism, Expressionism, Nazism and Exile, and the post-war period. In this course we will read and discuss texts from the main genres (prose, poetry, and drama) as well as some essays from each of the periods in question. There will be a lot of texts to read and the main tasks of each student are 1) to read carefully and thoughtfully and 2) to understand the significance of these works and be able to account for the variations in German writing over the last two and a half centuries. Lectures will be in German and discussions should begin in German, but, since discussion is encouraged, English may be used if necessary.

Grading Policy

3 Major Exams 75%. Periodic Quizzes 10%. Discussion/Preparation/Participation 15%.


Lessing: Nathan der Weise. Goethe: Faust, erster Teil. Th. Mann: Tod in Venedig. Brecht: Leben des Galilei. A photocopied anthology of additional readings is available at Jenn's Copy & Binding, 2200 Guadalupe (lower level).


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