Germanic Languages | Introduction to German Literature Types
G305 | 6138 | Thayer


G305   Introduction to German Literature: Types (3 cr.)

* This is a first 8 weeks course.

Prerequisite:
Students enrolling in this course should already have completed G330
(or a higher course) previously. [A&H] 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 2 longer, unedited literary texts and
several short poems. Regular classwork will facilitate studentsí
command of advanced German grammar and support vocabulary building.
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 2) Der Vorleser, the 1995 novel by
Bernhard Schlink and 3) a set of 10 short poems to be made available
as a course reader.

Students should own a good dictionary. Recommended are:
Oxford-Duden German Dictionary, 2nd edition
Concise Oxford-Duden German Dictionary, 2nd edition
Langenscheidt New College German Dictionary