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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title German Literature and Society
Module Code GE426
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Christina Krug
Semester 2: Christina Krug
Autumn: Christina Krug
Module TeachersChristina Krug
Tanja Rudert
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Same format/subject as written paper first submitted

This course will examine social and cultural issues represented in literature and film in modern Germany.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify key ideas and experiences that have played a key part in modern German social and political history.
2. Analyse the representation of such issues in major works of modern German literature and film
3. Discuss the contributions made to cultural debates in modern Germany by leading authors and film-makers
4. Relate specific literary-filmic genres and modes of discourse to the historical context in which they were produced.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars24students present on the topics discussed
Independent Study101preparation and revision of classwork
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Description
The module will focus on themes portrayed in individual works, rather than on periods or movements, covering a range of historical contexts. This will facilitate comparative analysis . In the course of the semester three of the following topics will be discussed in discussion of both literature and film: the post-war experience, ideology and class division, gender and sexuality, minorities and intercultural relations, technology and modernity, youth and generational conflict; the Holocaust and Germany today. The class will be conducted in English and German

selected reading
Selected works will include some of the following: H.-U. Treichel, Der Verlorene; C. Hein, Der Tangospieler; P. Süskind, Die Geschichte von Herrn Sommer, B. Schliink, Der Vorleser; D. Dörrie, Liebe, Schmerz; M. Durzak (ed.) Erzählte Zeit. 50 deutsche Kurzgeschichten

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayA written paper on specific topic or author/film-maker70%Sem 2 End
PresentationClass presentation on a different topic20%Week 8
Performance evaluationEvaluation of participation in class10%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • W. Jacobsen & A. Kaes (eds.): 1993, Geschichte des deutschen Films, Metzler, Stuttgart/Weimar,
  • A. Kaes & M. Jay (eds.): 1994, The Weimar Republic Sourcebook, Univ. of California, Berkeley,
  • H. Watanabe-O'Kelly (ed.): 1997, The Cambridge History of German Literature, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge,
  • B. Murdoch: 2006, The Novels of E.M. Remarque: sparks of life, Rochester N.Y.,
  • I. Rogoff (ed.): 1990, Themes and Problems in German Modernism, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge,
  • T.J. Reed: 1974, Thomas Mann: the uses of tradition, Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford,
  • Thomas Elsaesser: 1996, Fassbinder's Germany: history, identity, subject, Rodopi, Amsterdam,
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Date of Last Revision10-NOV-10

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