Germanic Languages | Lyric
G627 | 2636 | Professor Terence Thayer


G627  Lyric (3 cr.)
	T. Thayer
	sec. 2636
	4:00-5:15 p.m.
	MW, BH 336

This course is designed as a systematic introduction to the analysis
and interpretation of German poetry written over the past four
hundred years.  No prior study of poetry is presupposed; no medieval
texts will be read.  Course work will be organized into three
segments:  1) an analytical part, which surveys the basic categories,
procedures, and terminology of lyric text analysis, including
versification;  2) an historical part, which outlines the main
developmental stages of German poetry; and  3) a methodological part,
which examines selected theoretically based approaches to lyric texts
in terms of their usefulness and limitations.  Each class meeting
will deal closely with one or at most two lyric texts.  Participants
will thus be asked to read and study only a relatively small number
of poems, but these in considerable detail.  Regular substantial
assignments will also be given in secondary literature (both in
English and German) of an introductory character.  Participants will
be asked to serve at least once as discussion leader; and to write
one short critical paper and one longer research paper.  (Grading
formula: critical paper = 20%; research paper = 40%; contributions to
discussion = 40%.)  The class will be conducted in English.

Required books:

Asmuth, Bernhard, Aspekte der Lyrik: Mit einer Einführung in die
Verslehre.  Grundstudium Literaturwissenschaft, No. 6.  ISBN 3-531-
29276-5

Binder, Alwin, et al., Einführung in Metrik und Rhetorik.
Monographien Literaturwissenschaft, No. 11.  ISBN 3-589-20027-8

Hay, Gerhard, and Sibylle von Steinsdorff, eds., Deutsche Lyrik vom
Barock bis zur Gegenwart.  dtv Taschenbücher, No. 12397.  ISBN 3-423-
12397-4

[+ course reader available at Collegiate Copies, 1434 East Third
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