Germanic Languages | Introduction to Graduate Study in German Literature
G503 | 2817 | Prof. Wailes

Germanic Studies G503: Introduction to Graduate Study in German

"Techniques of literary analysis, conventions of scholarly writing,
use of bibliographic tools. Methodological approaches of various
critical schools applied to selected works. Research paper on a
literary text" (bulletin of the Graduate School). This course is not
concerned with the study of linguistics or cultural history. Its goals
are to familiarize students with methods of systematic literary study
that can yield original findings, and to practice academic
communication, both oral and written.
The methods studied are selected from those which were important up to
and including New Criticism; study of more recent theory and method is
available in Germanic Studies G505 (New Literary Theory and the German
Most class periods will be guided discussions, for which thorough and
careful preparation is essential. Several short written assignments
and report will focus on particular problems and techniques of
literary study; a longer essay will offer the opportunity to carry out
a more sustained and probing inquiry, on the basis of one particular

and are grouped in the earlier part of the semester in recognition of
the increasing pressure of work that generally occurs as the semester
progresses, and to allow as much time as possible for preparation of
the research paper. This is to embody literary analysis on the basis
of one of the methods treated in this course; the proposed topics are
suggestive and can readily be adapted to individual interests.

Required books. Dieter Gutzen et al., Einführung in die neuere
deutsche Literaturwissenschaft, 6. Auflage; G. E. Lessing, Nathan der
Weise; Heinrich von Kleist, Erzählungen; and a course reader. .

Grading. One third of the course grade will be based on each of these
three factors: the quality of daily preparation and participation;
oral presentations and the shorter written assignments; and the longer