Germanic Languages | Intro to German Literature: Types
G305 | 17076 | Lawson


Description:  This course consists of the study of literary types
(dramatic, narrative, lyric) with examples of each selected from two
or more periods.  It will enable students to improve their reading
proficiency in German through their examination of two longer, and two
or more shorter, unedited literary texts as well as a selection of
poems.   Class work will include systematic vocabulary building
designed to give students the tools they need to discuss literary
types in German.  Attention will be paid to points of advanced grammar
and usage.  Course readings and regular class discussions will focus
on the formal and literary means by which authors from different times
treat related motifs, themes, and ideas.  All texts will be in German.
German will also be used as the first language of discussion, but
English will be available as needed.

Prerequisites:  Any student may enroll in G305 who has either
completed G300 at IUB with a grade of C- or higher or achieved an
official qualifying score on the IUB German Placement Test
(administered by the IUB Bureau of Evaluation Services and Testing),
or on another standardized proficiency test.  Completion of G330,
however, is strongly recommended.  Students with a native or near
native command of German should consult with the Undergraduate Advisor
about substituting an appropriate 400-level course for G305.

Texts and materials:
We will read
1.) Die verlorene Ehre von Katarina Blum,  the 1974 novel by Heinrich
Böll
ISBN: 3423011505

2.) Maria Magdalene, a play by 19th century German dramatist Friedrich
Hebbel. ISBN 3423026278

3.) a set of poems selected from widely different times.  Available
from the         instructor

4.)additional short works representing other narrative and dramatic
genres, such as short stories, Hörspiele, one act plays, and perhaps
even a film or graphic narrative.   Texts will be either provided by
the instructor or available online.

Students should own or have access to a good German-English dictionary
as well as to a reference grammar.  From time to time, they will also
be asked to consult a standard German literary history—reference
library sources may be actual or virtual--details for which will be
provided later.