Selected Topic in German: The Contemporary Novel MDLL3012 (1C)
This course is divided into two parts focussing on literature with relevance to the African continent: In the first teaching block, the acclaimed novel by Uwe Timm, Morenga, dealing critically with the genocide of the Herero and Nama in the former German South-West Africa (now Namibia), will be examined. In the second teaching block, the prizewinning thriller, Die Mauer, by Max Annas that takes place in a South African gated community, will be critically discussed. Various concepts such as belonging, interculturality and postcolonial theory will be introduced in this course.
Advanced German Composition and Stylistics MDLL3002 (1C2)
One lecture per week deals with the reinforcement of German grammar at an advanced level (one period per week). Various texts will be read and produced from a stylistic point of view, sensitising students to ways in which language mediates our perception of the world and especially contemporary German culture.
German Classicism and Romanticism MDLL3006 (2C1)
This course aims to introduce two key periods of German literature and culture whose texts are still being used as inspiration in various fields to this day. German Classicism is considered to be the period of Goethe’s and Schiller’s friendship from the late 18th century to Schiller’s death (1805).
The tragedy Maria Stuart by Friedrich Schiller will be discussed as a work of the German Klassik. Beauty, truth and virtue combined with harmony, objectivity and formal perfection were the ethical and aesthetic ideals of the German Classical period that was a synthesis of the rationalism of the Aufklärung and the emotionalism of the Sturm und Drang. Against this, Romanticism can be viewed as a rupture, which stresses the subjective, irrational side of the psyche and which strives in its aesthetic towards the infinite (“Universalpoesie”) which encompasses an amalgamation of all genres. Selections from Grimms’ Fairy Tales will be discussed as examples of the German Romantik.
German Negotiating Language MDLL3009 (2C2)
With a focus on language and cultural negotiations of contemporary Germany, intercultural communication and (mis)understanding will be the focus of the course. One period per week throughout the semester will be devoted to exercises in reading and writing competency based on weekly tasks.