Key Works of German Literature from Classicism to Today

Freie Universität Berlin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Key Works of German Literature from Classicism to Today

  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Area of Study

    German, German Culture, Literature

  • Language Level

    Advanced

  • Prerequisites

    Language skills: Intermediate German B2/advanced level C1

    Außer den Sprachanforderungen müssen die TeilnehmerInnen keine speziellen Kenntnisse der deutschen Literatur oder Geschichte vorweisen. Das Seminar richtet sich an Studierende verschiedener Fachrichtungen, die sich für die deutsche Literatur und deren historische Zusammenhänge von der Klassik bis heute interessieren. Das Seminar ist für Studierende im Grund- und Hauptstudium gedacht.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    48
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Course description

    NOTE- This course is taught completely in the German language.

    This course provides an overview of the history of German literature from the 18th to the 21st century.

    Starting from the knowledge that the psychological sensitivities of an age are reflected in literature, and supported by reading and discussing representative texts - e.g. from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich Heine, Franz Kafka, Bertolt Brecht or Ferdinand von Schirach - the focus of the seminar is based on the following questions: What desires, demands and utopias can be found in the literature? How influential are the developments of the history of thought, social upheavals and technological innovations on literary expression? What interplay exists between art, music and literature? Can fiction also be seen as inspiration for social changes? And: how do the respective authors corporate literary legacies into their own works?

    A valid and living impression of literary development from the classical period to the present will not only be provided through texts, but also through film clips and field trips. For instance, we will visit the Deutsches Historisches Museum and obtain deeper insight into the art of the Romantic period with a tour through the Alte Nationalgalerie.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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