10 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Gender, class, family, memory and migration have shaped identities in the German-speaking world over the 'Long Twentieth Century'. You will read a wide range of literary authors from the Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann, to GDR dissident Christa Wolf and newcomer Deniz Ohde. Their texts are about negotiating difference, finding your tribe and understanding power relations within the family, but also introduce you to innovative literary forms. Examining the texts within their political and social context will reinforce your understanding of German culture, whilst reading the texts in German will benefit your comprehension and vocabulary and strengthen your own written German. The discussion-based seminar format allows you to analyse thematic, literary and socio-political issues in detail, and develops your independent learning and communicative skills. The course will normally be taught and assessed in English, by means of two comparative and single-author essays (guidance on essay-writing is provided). There will also be a formative translation element.

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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