Module Identifier GE10910  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Paul Cooke  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite A level German or equivalent.  
Course delivery Lecture   12 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 Hours  
Assessment Essay   1 essay (1,500 words).   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   70%  

Brief description

A study of various German literary genres, drawing on the following texts:-

Franz Wedekind: Fruehlingserwachen (Reclam)

Franz Kafka: Die Verwandlung (Reclam)

An Anthology of 20th Century German Poetry (to be supplied by the department).

Students are also recommended to obtain the appropriate Erlauterungen und Dokumente (Reclam) volumes for the Wedekind and Kafka.

An increasing number of A-level qualified students are embarking on their study of university studies in German without training in the reading and study of literary texts. The purpose of this module is, therefore, in part to provide an introduction to this activity by means of linguistically accessible and relatively short texts. At the same time, it is intended to engage those students who have received such training and to develop their interest in literary study.

Learning outcomes

This module will provide students with a basic grounding in reading German texts, in order that they might pursue more advanced literary study at Level 2 and 3 of their degree. students should feel confident in discussing different literary genre, understanding issues such as narrative and poetic voice, the use of language, symbolism, structure etc. They will begin to develop an awareness of German cultural history since the late nineteenth century, as well as further broaden their ability to read German.

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
Franz Kafka. Die Verwandlung. Reclam
Franz Wedekind. Fruhlingserwachen. Reclam
Erlauterungen und Dokumente.
** Recommended Consultation
20th century German poetry (text to be provided).