Module Identifier GEM0130  
Module Title KEY MOMENTS IN GERMAN CULTURE (1) 1918 - 1945  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Paul Cooke  
Semester Semester 1  
Co-Requisite GEM0230  
Course delivery Lecture   5 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   15 Hours  
Assessment Essay   1 x 4000 word essay   100%  
  Resit assessment   Resubmission of essay    

Brief description

This course will examine a range of cultural texts and artefacts in order to introduce students to the development of German society between 1918-1945. Through the prism of literature, film and linguistics, students will explore the aftermath of the First World War, the rise and fall of the Weimar Republic and the Nazi period. In so doing studnets will not only gain a detailed knowledge of the politics and culture of the period, but also increase their competence as critical 'readers' of culture.

Learning outcomes

Students should feel they have a good, deatiled knowledge of the development of German culture between 1918-1945. They should have further developed their skills as critical readers of culture, and those students who wish to go on with their studies should feel that they have a solid foundation for postgraduate research.

Course Outline

1. Lecture and Seminar - Weimar Culture and introduction
2. 2 X seminars - Der Kabinett des Dr Caligari
3. 2X seminars - Trommeln in der Nacht
4. Lecture and Seminar - Women and Weimar
5. Lecture and Seminar - The Conservative Revolution
6. 2X seminar - Auf den Marmorklippen
7. Lecture and Seminar - National Socialism
8. 2X seminar - Triumph des Willens
9. Lecture and Seminar. Language and Politics during the Nazi Period
10. LTI. Notizbuch eines Philologen


Wiene, Robert - Das Kabinett des Dr Caligari (1920)
Riefenstahl, Leni - Triumph des Willens (1934)

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Gay, Peter. (1969) Weimar Culture: The Oustider as Insider. London
Brecht, Bertolt. (1975) Fruhe Stucke. Frankfurt
Junger, Ernst. (1941) Auf den Marmorklippen. Hamburg
Kaes, Anton; Jay, Martin and Dimendberg, Edward (eds). (1994) The Weimar Republic Sourcebook. Berkley
Klemperer, V. (1975) LTI Notizbuch eines Philologen. Leipzig
Kolinsky, E. (1995) Women in 20th Century Germany: A Reader. Manchester
Kracauer, Siegfried. (1947) From Caligari to Hitler. Boston
Richie, James MacPherson. (1983) German Literature und National Socialism. Beckenham
Sloterdijk, Peter. (1988) Critic of Cynical Reason. London
Taylor, Brandon and van der Will, Wilfried (eds). (1990) The Nazification of Art: Art, Design, Architecture and Film in the Third Reich. Winchester
Willett, John. (1978) The New Sobriety: Art and Politics in the Weimar Period 1917-1933. London