Rotating special topics in literature and culture of the twentieth century, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems. Recommended: GERMAN 303; either GERMAN 311, GERMAN 312, GERMAN 322, or GERMAN 323.
Literary Adventures and the Adventure of Reading
Ever since Robinson Crusoe found himself stranded on a deserted island, modern writers of fiction have been captivated by reimagining the adventure story. Who are its heroes and heroines, its villains and sorcerers? In an age when the sky is no longer the limit, what are the locations appropriate to the new adventure? Is it space, the sea, the road, or the subjectís own mind? Most important, what constitutes an adventure, and is it still possible? Or are they purely imaginary and virtual? These are some of the questions we will pursue in this course. To do so, we will focus on German fiction from the 20th and 21st centuries that re-envisions the adventure story in unexpected and exciting ways. Texts by Thomas Glavinic, Wolfgang Herrndorf, Judith Schalansky, Christian Kracht, Karen Duve and others. Readings in German, discussion in German and English.
Student learning goals
Students can expect to broaden their historical knowledge of German literature and culture and to develop critical reading and writing strategies with regard to longer and more complex texts in German.
General method of instruction
Short lectures, class discussion, group discussion.
At least one 300-level core course (German 311, German 322)or permission of the instructor. Students should possess advanced German language skills.
Class assignments and grading
Regular attendance and active participation, journals, reading quizzes, midterm, take-home final essay.