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Ellwood Wiggins
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

Forms of Desire: Critical Approaches to German Literature

This course is intended to introduce you to the basic techniques of literary discussion, to develop your ability to interpret by close reading of German literature, and to refine your writing skills. To do so, we will read and discuss a wide range of texts across three centuries (18th-20th) and three genres (lyric, prose narrative, drama). Despite this variety, each of our texts will focus in a different way on the nature of human desire. In each case, we will reflect on the ways that the form of the work at hand inflects and shapes its representation of desire.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Readings and classroom discussion will be in German; writing assignments, in English.

Recommended preparation

German 203 or equivalent

Class assignments and grading


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 Ellwood Wiggins
Date: 09/11/2013