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GERM 406A Selected Topics in German Literature - SEL TPC GERM LIT

A study in depth of one topic of special interest, varying from year to year depending on interests of faculty and students. Possible topics: literature and film, the image of the outside world in German literature, individualism and conformism.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Mode of Delivery Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments Course Requires
In-Person Attendance
GERM 406A 001Lecture2In-Person Tue Thu11:0012:30

This course is taught in German (in seminar style) and fulfills the research requirement. It will focus on contemporary German-language literature and narratives of migration from the Fall of the Wall in 1989 to the "refugee crisis" and Welcome Culture of 2015. We will critically look at the medial representation of refugees in literature, mass media and film. How do authors narrate hybrid and plural identities within a super-diverse, postmigrant society? How do these narratives deal with memories of exile, genocide and war? What connects cultures and people beyond politics of hegemonic belonging (Leitkultur) and monolingual integration?

Major textbooks are available at the UBC bookstore and at Koerner Library on reserve, if possible, online as well. Additional reading sources will be available through UBC Canvas. All lecture notes (ppt) and assignments will be posted on Canvas after each lecture.

Important note: This course is taught in German, but only German Majors/Honours are required to do their readings and course work in German (including the short presentations). I also encourage you to write your final essay in German. However, this is not a language course, and in-class discussions might switch between both languages. All required textbooks are available in English translation at the library (and some of them either at the bookstore or online). Midterm exam questions are given in English and have to be answered in English or German.