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Hellmut H Ammerlahn
GERMAN 312
Seattle Campus

Historical Approaches to German Literature

German literature from the Middle Ages to the present: Medieval Courtly period, Baroque, Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Neoromanticism, Expressionism. Recommended: GERMAN 311.

Class description

In this course we shall read in chronological order representative texts from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. They embody characteristic world views, literary styles and features distinctive not only for their authors but also in respect to the periods in which these authors wrote. Emphasis will be on the Medieval Courtly era, the Enlightenment, Classicism, Romanticism, Poetic Realism, Modernism, and Expressionism. Texts are in German, lectures primarily in German, student class discussions and exams in either English or German.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will be conducted as a combination of lectures and seminar-style discussions

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Timely and conscientious reading of the assigned texts is mandatory so that we all can engage in their analyses in active oral class discussions.

Grades will be based on the results of one in-class written midterm, a take-home final exam (60%) as well as on oral participation and regularity of class attendance (40%).


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 Hellmut H Ammerlahn
Date: 12/23/2004