Provides the opportunity to discuss, orally and in writing, cultural, ethical, and social issues on a stylistically sophisticated level. Explores representative and influential works from the 19th century to the present, through literary texts (prose, drama, poetry), radio plays, art, film, and architecture. Investigates topics such as the human and the machine, science and ethics, representation of memory, and issues of good and evil. Includes works by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Kafka, Brecht, Dürrenmatt, Süskind, and W.G. Sebald. Topics and authors vary from term to term. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Taught in German.
Faculty: Weise, Peter

Prereq: 21G.404 or 21G.474; permission of instructor


Topics for Fall 2016 include: Murder, Madness, Mysteries. This course examines stories of murder and madness in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature as manifestations of the increasingly antagonistic relationship between individual and society. Various authors’ portrayals of good and evil will be discussed as well as moral and social implications. The course examines short stories, dramas, novels and a film from the early nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. In this way, the course will acquaint students not only with some of the most sinister, riveting, and eerie texts ever written in the German language, but also with some of the most important periods of German literary his­tory. Textual analyses, conversations, presentations, and writing assignments of various lengths will prepare students to discuss, orally and in writing, ethical and social issues on a stylistically sophisticated level.