19 August 2023
Key Works of German Literature From the Classics to the Present
Don’t miss out: students who register early can take advantage of the early bird discount on the program fee!
This course provides an overview of the history of German literature from the 18th to the 21st century.
Starting from the knowledge that the psychological sensitivities of an age are reflected in literature, and supported by reading and discussing representative texts - e.g. from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich Heine, Franz Kafka, Bertolt Brecht or Ferdinand von Schirach - the focus of the seminar is based on the following questions: What desires, demands and utopias can be found in the literature? How influential are the developments of the history of thought, social upheavals and technological innovations on literary expression? What interplay exists between art, music and literature? Can fiction also be seen as inspiration for social changes? And: how do the respective authors corporate literary legacies into their own works?
A valid and living impression of literary development from the classical period to the present will not only be provided through texts, but also through film clips and excursions. For instance, we will obtain deeper insight into the art of the Romantic period with a tour through the Alte Nationalgalerie and will also get an impression of the “Topography of Terror” exhibition (documentation and visitor center on the topic of National Socialism in German history).
Dr. Anja Richter
Aside from the language requirements, participants must not exhibit any special knowledge of German literature or history. The seminar is directed toward students of various majors who are interested in German literature and its historical connections from the classic period to the modern day.
EUR 1300: course fee
EUR 300: program fee