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Jane K Brown
GERMAN 311
Seattle Campus

Introduction to German Literary Studies

Introduction to major critical concepts and basic methodological issues of literary studies. Diverse reading strategies plus special emphasis on analytical writing about literature. Readings from eighteenth- to twentieth-century literature. Recommended: GERMAN 203.

Class description

This course is designed to introduce students to the various literary genres of the German tradition (lyric, prose and drama) using examples from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Students learn to apply the techniques of analyzing poetry, prose, and drama to a meaningful interpretation of the individual texts.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The general method of instruction is through lectures and classroom discussions. The primary language of instruction is German.

Recommended preparation

We recommend that the student have completed German 203 or its equivalent.

Class assignments and grading

Readings of up to 15 pages of text in German are assigned for every class meeting. Students write three short papers on assigned topics and prepare several shorter exercises. Papers are written in English.

Grades are based on participation and short exercises (40%)and written assignments (20% each).


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 Jane K Brown
Date: 05/05/2011