608230 Literary Studies (Gr. B): Rhetoric of Remembrance

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608230
Literary Studies (Gr. B): Rhetoric of Remembrance
SE 2
10
weekly
each semester
German

The students are supposed to interpret texts of German literature, taking into account theoretical, social and historical contexts.

Literary texts constitute important media of cultural memory. As artefacts they create a stage for the playing out of memories, and they configure, in an aesthetically encoded form, social and cultural memory. Memoir texts exert an influence on interpretations of the past and on individual and collective self-conceptions, actively co-shaping them, which is why they possess an important cultural-ecological function. Based on cultural concepts of recollection and memory, and in the light of the current discourse of remembering, which is characterised, above all, by the on-going preoccupation with National Socialism, the critical examination of Germany’s GDR past and the discussion of the role of the 1968 movement, we will analyse, elaborate and interpret literary forms of portraying memories using selected post-1989 prose texts by, among others, W.C. Sebald, Vladimir Vertlib, Maja Haderlap, Uwe Timm and Sabine Gruber. In doing so, our main focus will (also) be on transnational memory spaces. The final list of reading material will be decided upon together at the beginning of term

Faculty lecture, oral presentations, group work, plenary discussion.

Discussion, presentation, paper.

The knowledge from the two novels Austerlitz (Fischer-TB) by W.G.Sebald and Das besondere Gedächtnis der Rosa Masur by Valdimir Vertlib is provided at the beginning of the seminar.

Aleida Assmann: Erinnerungsräume. Formen und Wandlungen des kulturellen Gedächtnisses. 4. Aufl. München: C.H. Beck 2009.

Astrid Erll/Ansgar Nünning (Hrsg.): Gedächtniskonzepte der Literaturwissenschaft. Berlin: de Gryter 2005.

Recommended fpr the third semester Master's programme German studies and Teaching degree programme German.
Prerequisite for Master's programme German studies: positive completion of elective module 2; for Teaching degree programme German: positive completion of 1st part of studies 'Neuere deutsche Literaturwissenschaft'.

Due to substantial differences in the allocation of ECTS-Credits in various curricula (teacher training programs/specialized degree programs), the requirements for this course vary. Information will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the course. 

not applicable
06.10.2016
Group 0
Date Time Location
Thu 2016-10-06
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2016-10-13
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2016-10-20
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2016-10-27
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2016-11-03
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2016-11-10
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2016-11-17
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2016-11-24
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2016-12-01
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2016-12-15
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2017-01-12
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2017-01-19
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2017-01-26
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Thu 2017-02-02
15.30 - 17.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free