Germanic Languages | Deutsche Literatur: Mittelalter Bis Romantik
G403 | 24990 | Sprouse

G403     Deutsche Literatur: Mittelalter bis Romantik (3cr.

Counts toward COAS Distribution Requirement in Literature and the

Goals of the course:
The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the rich
cultural, historical, literary, and linguistic world of the German-
speaking countries during the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period.
This will be pursued through readings of primary and secondary
historical and literary materials, lectures, films, discussions, and
written assignments. (Please note: Despite the title inherited from
the past, the period the course covers ends at the middle of the
17th century.  The 18th century now falls under the domain of G404.)
A complementary goal of the course is continuing development of
students’ German language proficiency; hence, the primary language
of instruction will be German.

Basic course outline:

Week 1	General outline of German history from the beginnings to 1648
introductory lectures

Week 2	A Middle High German “courtly legend”
Hartmann von Aue, Der arme Heinrich (in Modern German translation)

Weeks 3-4	The German language in the Middle Ages
comparing Middle High German with Modern German

Week 5	Selections from a medieval German law text

Weeks 6-10	Selections from major works of Medieval German
Hartmann von Aue, Iwein
Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival
Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan
Das Nibelungenlied
Walther von der Vogelweide, poems

Weeks 11-12	The Reformation
Luther, politico-theological writings and hymns

Weeks 13-14	The Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and German Baroque
representative poems
Course grades:	
Quizzes (2)		20%		
Short essays (4)	40%
Class participation	20%
Final examination	20%

Course texts to purchase:
Hartmann von Aue (1963) Der arme Heinrich: Mittelhochdeutscher Text
und Übertragung. Herausgegeben und übersetzt von Helmt de Boor.
Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag. ISBN: 3-596-26138-4.
Walshe, M. O’C. (1974) A Middle High German Reader with Grammar,
Notes, and Glossary. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0-19-

Rex A. Sprouse
Associate Professor of Germanic Studies, Adjunct Associate Professor
of  Linguistics, Adjunct Associate Professor of TESOL and Applied
Fall 2004 office hour: Thursday 9.15-11.00 and by appointment
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