German Literature


Teaching Staff: Alatza Charikleia
Course Code: DE-3101
Gram-Web Code: ΙΣ0200
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: German / Greek
Semester: 3rd
ECTS: 2
Total Hours: 2
Erasmus: Not Available
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Short Description:

This module aims to introduce German literature and familiarize students with its main representatives. This will assist students, in the forthcoming semester to analyse the core, structure and content of literary texts prior to engaging in translating them. 


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  • understand German Literature basic characteristics of each era
  • be able to distinct the particularities of three literary genres
  • utilize deconstructive and psychoanalytic method of analysis to analyse literary texts
  • understand the complexity and diversity between German and Greek literature
  • develop a critical and interpretive relation within the context of interculturalism

Syllabus:

Week 1:

Introduction to literature: the three literary genres and their characteristics

Week 2:

Eras in German Literature: historical context-pattern of the image of man

Week 3:

Romanticism: main representatives and their works

Week 4:

Goethe and Schiller: analysis and comparison of their poems

Week 5:

Vormärz: literary preparation of a Revolution

Week 6:

Büchner: the literary revolution and social frustration

Week 7:

Georg Büchner, Woyzeck: The social drama that led to drama

Week 8:

Woyzeck as a representative of his time and a forerunner of the Revolution: social context, conditions, ideology, mentality of the time

Week 9:

New Objectivity: The Remnants of World War I in German Literature

Week 10:

Bertolt Brecht, Der gute Mensch von Sezuan. Society’s responsibility in human destruction

Week 11:

Social phenomena in the work of Brecht

Week 12:

Comparison of Büchner and Brecht: Psychodrama as a representative and herald of his time

Week 13:

The modern reception, by the Greek public, of the works of Büchner and Brecht


Suggested Bibliography:

Suggested reading:

Brecht, B. (1964): Der gute Mensch von Sezuan. Stuttgart: Suhrkamp Verlag.

Büchner, G. (1997): Woyzeck. Stuttgart: Suhrkamp Verlag

Mauser, W., Pietzcker, C. (2008): Literatur und Psychoanalyse. Erinnerungen als Bausteine einer Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann

Nünnung, V. (2010): Methoden der literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Textanalyse. Ansätze. Grundlagen. Modellanalysen. Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag

Sørensen, Bengt Algot (2002): Geschichte der deutschen Literatur 2. Vom 19. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart. Müchen: C.H.Beck Verlag

Thuswaldner, G. (2008): Derrida und Danach? Literaturtheoretische Diskurse der Gegenwart. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag


Teaching Methods:

Face-to-face. Along with the lectures, students will complete projects on the subject of literature and its place within the society of each era. Through various exercises students will discover the relationship between literature and society while understanding the formation of German thought.


Evaluation Methods:

Written examination 60%

Group Presentation 40%

Updated: 14-09-2022

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