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Brigitte Prutti
GERMAN 497
Seattle Campus

Studies in German Literature

Class description

Sweet Sixteen? Portraits of Youth in Modern German Literature.

What was it like to be young before the digital age? How is youth portrayed in modern German literature? What are the major literary paradigms for plotting male and female adolescence? These are some of the questions to be posed in this course about youth in modern German literature and culture between the late 18th century and today. We will consider youthful protagonists and young writers inside and outside of fiction and discuss some major youth-related themes and forms. Readings will include short stories and novels by Ingeborg Bachmann, Alina Bronsky, Joseph von Eichendorff, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Helene Hegemann, Judith Hermann, Christian Kracht, Thomas Mann, Terézia Mora, Ulrich Plenzdorf.

Student learning goals

Students can expect to broaden their historical knowledge of German literature and to expand their critical reading and writing skills. Course requirements: Active participation in class, oral assignments, short papers.

Students can expect to broaden their historical knowledge of German literature and to expand their critical reading and writing skills.

General method of instruction

Seminar discussion format.

Readings in German. Discussion in German or English.

Recommended preparation

Students should have advanced German language skills at the fourth-year level. German 401.

Class assignments and grading

Active participation in class, oral assignments, short papers.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Brigitte Prutti
Date: 04/19/2013