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GERM 302 German Literature after 1945 (in English)

Reading and discussion of selected literary works from West, East, and the United Germany, as well as from Austria and Switzerland.

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Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
GERM 302 001Lecture1 Tue Thu14:0015:30

Germ 302 German Literature after 1945 (in English): Exile, Flight, Refuge and Migration


This course focuses on transnational literature affected by migration. It introduces to the themes and settings of flight, refuge and (im)mobility. One part covers historical facts, cultural theories and primary sources on exile, diaspora, immigration, integration, belonging, transculturality and European cultural identity. The other part features the analysis and critical reading of select primary literature by and on immigrants and refugees, such as Bertolt Brecht's Refugee Conversations, Ernst Heppner's Shanghai Refuge, Zafer Senocak's Perilous Kinship, Navid Kermani's Upheaval, Abbas Khider's A Slap in the Face, the film comedy Welcome to Germany and videos by YouTube star Firas Alshater.

GERM 302 002Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri16:0017:00

This course focuses on the reading and discussion of selected post WWII German literary works from West, East, and the United Germany, as well as from Austria, Switzerland and Romania. We will read and discuss plays, novels and short stories by major authors such as Wolfgang Borchert, Heinrich Böll, Anna Seghers, Marlen Haushofer, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Christoph Hein, Herta Müller, and Bernhard Schlink. Films discussed include The Marriage of Maria Braun (excerpts), dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and The Flat, dir. Arnon Goldfinger. This course is taught in English.