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GERMAN 298 A: Topics In Literature And Culture

Contemporary German Prose: Travel, Narration, Migration

Meeting Time: 
MWF 12:30pm - 1:20pm
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Joint Sections: 
LIT 298 B, C LIT 320 B
Brigitte Prutti
Brigitte Prutti
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Syllabus Description:

Contemporary German Prose: Travel, Narration, Migration

The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 signaled a new era of openness and global mobility. It spawned new forms of writing and reflection, which will be the focus of our discussion and inquiry. We will work with short prose texts and novels from the period between the end of the Cold War to the present, with an emphasis on transcultural writing from the last decade.  Additionally, we may undertake one or two excursions into earlier modernist travel writing. Key questions that we will examine: How are recent travel and migration experiences narrated by a diverse group of German-speaking writers?  Whose voices do we hear in their stories? What is the range of perspectives they represent?  What are the personal and political stakes in their texts? And, finally, given our current state of pandemic limbo, how may they help us reflect on questions of movement and stasis in the past and the future?  We will discuss some of the following writers: Alina Bronsky, Abbas Khider, Ilja Trojanow, Wolfgang Herrndorf, Yoko Tawada, Julya Rabinowich, Thomas Mann, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Judith Hermann, and W.G. Sebald. Format: Brief lecture and discussion. Requirements: Journals, class projects, midterm, take-home final.

Catalog Description: 
Introduces literary works and cultural artifacts from a variety of different traditions, cultures, and periods. Helps students to acquire basic tools for analyzing literature and culture.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
February 15, 2021 - 6:26pm