Fall 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions

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

Description of Course:

This course will focus on the unique range and diversity of German and Austrian literature and thought 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 works of the pre-and post-WWI era and consider the 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 great German artists in exile, the course also will consider the creative output of the generation of poets and writers coming of age in the post-World War II period, which captured in shattering words the new reality created by betrayal, loss, and anguish.

Required Texts:

Wolfgang Borchert, Man Outside ISBN-13: 9780811200110
Bert Brecht, The Mahagonny Opera (DVD) ISBN076979078X
Günther Grass, Cat and Mouse ISBN-13: 9780156155519
Heinrich Mann, Man of Straw ISBN-13: 978-0140181371
Thomas Mann, Dr. Faustus ISBN-13: 9780679409960
F. Morton, A Nervous Splendor ISBN 0 14 00.5667 X
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front ISBN-13: 9780449213940

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Regular class attendance; participation in class discussions; one class presentation, one two-page paper, and one research paper (10-15 pages) which would be suitable for one of the portfolio essays.

1st Paper (Due October 7th) Students will write a two- page paper about the rise of Modernism in Germany. Examining the significance of the changes this movement has created, and using poems, ideas, or paintings for demonstrating their observations, students will explicate these artists’ sense of the coming catastrophe.

2nd Paper (Due December 9th) Students will write a 10-15 page paper about a topic they have chosen to study, involving the manifestations of the changes of time and values in the novels or poems or paintings or philosophical treatise they examine.

Class Attendance
Regular class attendance (15%) and active participation in class discussions (15%) comprise 30% of the final grade.
Missing more than 3 classes will affect your grade.

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