Germanic Languages | Introduction to German Literature: Types
G305 | 2959 | Thayer


Prerequisite: G300 with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: G330.

Study of literary types (dramatic, narrative, lyric) with examples of
each selected from two or more periods.

G305 enables students to improve their reading proficiency in German
through their close study of several longer, unedited literary texts
written since about 1750. Regular classwork in German will also
support the development of listening and reading skills. At the same
time, both the course readings and the regular class discussions will
focus on formal and technical literary means by which authors from
widely different times treat related motifs, themes, and ideas.

We will read: 1) Der Besuch der alten Dame, a 1957 play by the Swiss
dramatist Friedrich Duerrenmatt [ISBN: 0395040892]; 2) Der Vorleser,
the 1995 novel by Bernhard Schlink [ISBN: 3257229534]; and 3) a set
of short poems to be made available as a course reader. Please note
that this list is still tentative and subject to change.

Students should own a good dictionary. Recommended are:
Oxford-Duden German Dictionary, 2nd edition [ISBN: 0 19 860365 7]
Concise Oxford-Duden German Dictionary, 2nd edition [ISBN: 0 19
864230 X]
Langenscheidt New College German Dictionary [ISBN: 0887290213]

Students enrolling in this course should already have completed G330
(or a higher course) previously.