Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Short Prose in German
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 5 hours (week 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10)
Seminars / Tutorials 10 hours (weeks 1-10)
Workload Breakdown Lecture and seminar attendance = 15 hours; - Lecture and seminar preparation (research and reading) = 45 hours; - Essay research and writing = 40 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 ? 1,500-word essay  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination  70%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. participate in debates concerning German literature
2. show understanding of the historical background of the region
3. show understanding of German and Austrian culture from the 1920s to 2000
4. demonstrate skills in comparative analysis and to show familiarity with cultural analysis and literary criticism
5. engage critically with a variety of scholarly material including monographs and specialised articles
6. present their findings in a logical, organised and scholarly fashion both orally - through debates and non-assessed short presentations - and in written form - through essays


This course aims to familiarise students with questions of genre, literary and cultural criticism regarding the German-language short story and other forms of short prose in the 19th, 20th and 21st century. It will give students a broad understanding of the most important aspects of genre in its literary, historical, socio-economic and political context. The students will apply literary and cultural theory to their own analysis of the primary texts.

Brief description

The course studies short prose texts in German from the 19th, 20th and 21st century and examines issues of genre, literary and cultural theory and history.


This module is structured around the following topics:
Week 1 - The Genre of the Short Story in German (lecture and seminar)
Week 2 - Short Prose and Literary Theory (lecture and seminar)
Week 3 - War and the Short Story I (lecture and seminar)
Week 4 - War and the Short Story II (seminar)
Week 5 - Short Prose and Gender (lecture and seminar)
Week 6 - The Short Story and History (seminar)
Week 7 - Surreal Short Prose (seminar)
Week 8 - The Short Story and the Marginal (seminar)
Week 9 - The Postmodern Short Story (seminar)
Week 10 - Summary (lecture and seminar)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Students will develop oral communication in seminars and student presentations; written communication will be developed in assessments in English.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be able to assess their own progress week by week through their increased understanding of the issues raised and the skills developed.
Information Technology Students will use on-line journals and source collections; delivery of course materials and information via e-learning system.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will acquire transferable skills such as the ability to create and deliver presentations; in-depth acquaintance with literature as an academic subject.
Problem solving Students will select appropriate reading material; developing evaluative analysis and critical skills and formulating a detailed argument.
Research skills Students will analyse literary and cultural theory in its political/historical context and synthesize information in an evaluative argument.
Subject Specific Skills Students will acquire German vocabulary; slang expressions; a variety of German language from different periods of history.
Team work Students will participate in debates and group presentations in seminars.

Reading List

General Text
A full bibliography within a dossier for the course will be supplied at the beginning of the module.
Essential Reading
Aichinger, Ilse Das Fenstertheater Primo search Borchert, Wolfgang Das Brot Primo search Duve, Karin 89/90 Primo search Duve, Karin Keine Ahnung Primo search Duve, Karin Märchen Primo search Franck, Julia Der Hausfreund Primo search Grass, Günter Linkshänder Primo search Hermann, Judith Diesseits der Oder Primo search Hermann, Judith Sommerhaus, später Primo search Hoffmann, E.T.A Don Juan Primo search Schnurre, Wolfdietrich Auf der Flucht Primo search Tergit, Gabriele Die Handelsschullehrerin Primo search Tergit, Gabriele Erste Liebe Primo search alser, Martin Die Klagen über meine Methoden häufen sich Primo search
Recommended Text
Durzak, Manfred (1980) Die deutsche Kurzgeschichte der Gegenwart Stuttgart : Reclam Primo search Rohner, Ludwig (1973) Theorie der Kurzgeschichte Frankfurt : Athenäum Primo search Von Nayhauss, H.C.G (1973) Theorie der Kurzgeschichte Stuttgart : Reclam Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5