Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Ozsvath, Zsuzsanna
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6375 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
German Literature and Ideas 1870-1960

Description of Course:

Prophecy and Fulfillment
This course will focus on the unique range and diversity of German-Austrian literature and thought produced from the end of the nineteenth-century until the 1960s. It will locate the beginnings of the radical changes Nietzsche's ideas created and their influence on the early Expressionist movement. In addition, it will examine some of the major literary creations of the pre-and post-WWI era and consider the cultural and political trends and upheavals which shaped and warped this brilliantly creative artistic period. Exploring works composed in Germany just before the rise of the Third Reich and works produced by some of the German artists in exile, we also will consider the creative output of the generation of poets and writers coming of age in the post-World War II period, capturing in shattering words the new reality of loss, betrayal, and anguish.

Required Texts:

Wolfgang Borchert, Man Outside
Bert Brecht, Threepenny Opera
Guenther Grass, Cat and Mouse
Heinrich Mann, Mann of Straw
Thomas Mann, "Mario and the Magician"
Thomas Mann, Dr. Faustus
F. Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy
E.M. Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Active participation in class discussion (40% of the final grade); one class presentation (20%), and one 10-15 page paper (40%).

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