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|Assessment length / details
|Essay (1 x 2,000-word essay)
|2 Hours written examination
|2 Hours Resit the exam if failed or missed
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. participate in debates concerning the study of life writing in German
2. show understanding of the historical background of the region
3. show understanding of German-language literature and culture from the 1910s to 2000
4. demonstrate skills in comparative analysis and to show familiarity with historical 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 presentations - and in written form - through essays.
This course aims to familiarise students with questions of German, Austrian and European history and culture and its representation within German-language life writing between 1914 and the present day. It will give students a broad understanding of the most important aspects of the genre of life writing in its literary, historical, socio-economic and political context. It will explore the themes of memory, the public and private sphere, representing the past, the tension between literature and history and the changing nature of national identity. It will also give students a basic understanding of literary analysis and an understanding of genre.
The course studies life writing in German in the 20th and 21st century and examines issues of genre, authenticity, gender, authorships and ethics among others.
Week 1 - The Genre of Autobiography and Life Writing in German (lecture and seminar)
Week 2 - Autobiographical Writing as History and Literature Sebastian Haffner, Geschichte eines Deutschen, 1914-1933. (lecture and seminar)
Week 3 - The Public and the Private in Autobiographical Writing Sebastian Haffner, Geschichte eines Deutschen, 1914-1933. (lecture and seminar)
Week 4 - Autobiography and Authenticity Ruth Kluger, weiter leben (lecture and seminar)
Week 5 - Autobiography and Gender Ruth Kluger, weiter leben (lecture and seminar)
Week 6 - Autobiography and the Concept of Generation Jana Hensel, Zonenkinder. (lecture and seminar)
Week 7 - Autobiography and Popular Culture Jana Hensel, Zonenkinder. (lecture and seminar)
Week 8 - Autobiography and Authorship Gunter Grass, Beim Hauten der Zwiebel (lecture and seminar)
Week 9 - Autobiography and Ethics Gunter Grass, Beim Hauten der Zwiebel (lecture and seminar)
Week 10 - Summary (lecture and seminar)
|Application of Number
|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.
|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 autobiography as an academic subject.
|Students will select appropriate reading material; developing evaluative analysis and critical skills and formulating a detailed argument.
|Students will analyse autobiographies in their political/historical contexts 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.
|Students will participate in debates and group presentations in seminars.
This module is at CQFW Level 6