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Spring 2017-2018
GER 526   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in German Literature - Small Narrative Forms: Anecdote, Story, and Novella

Inka Muelder-Bach

Since the late 18th century small narrative forms such as the novella, the anecdote and the case story have enjoyed increasing popularity among the readership and gained increasing importance for the field of narrative genres and the development of techniques of narration. What is at stake in the poetics of these forms and how can we describe their specific possibilities, functions and achievements? The seminar explores these questions in readings of texts ranging from the late 18th to the early 20th century.

Sample reading list:
Friedrich Schiller, Der Verbrecher aus verlorener Ehre
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten
Heinrich Kleist, Anekdote aus dem letzten preußischen Krieg
Georg Büchner, Lenz
Franz Kafka, Das Urteil
Robert Musil, Die Portugiesin
See instructor for complete list

Paper in lieu of Final - 60%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other information:
Readings in German. Discussions both in German and English.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42225 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   205   Enrolled:10 Limit:20