608215 PS Literature in Historical Context

summer semester 2017 | Last update: 10.05.2019 Place course on memo list
608215
PS Literature in Historical Context
PS 2
2,5
weekly
each semester
German

After passing the seminar participants will have an overview of the European heroic literature of the Middle Ages. They also will be familiar with the reception of heroic content from the 19th century onwards in the forms of poems, films, music and others.

 

 

In this seminar we will stroll through the European heroic literature. This will not only include the medieval texts but also modern adaptations such as movies, operas, festivals, music and other forms which deal with heroic material and its characters. Depending on the text, we will look at problems of gender (e.g. "women in heroic texts?"), intertextual and intercultural relations (e.g. "what does Dietrich von Bern do in Norway?") or have a closer look at artefacts which are closely connected to the European heroic tradition.

The classic "Nibleungenlied" will obviously be one of the major texts in the course, but we will also deal with the Hildebrandslied, Beowulf and other heroic texts from a Spanish, Celtic or Icelandic background. This also means that we will also include artistic depictions of heroic material, for example in Scandinavian runic inscriptions or Norwegian stave churches.

In the last sessions we will deal with the afterlife of the medieval heroes and try to find out why they are still immensely popular and why they are used for movies, operas and other adaptations. That's why we will have a look at Richard Wagner, but also the German band Wir sind Helden, and of course movie adaptations such as Die Nibelungen from 1924 or Beowulf of 2007.

 

interactive teaching with a focus on didactic methods (discussions, presentations, polls, kreative writing, ...)

 

announced test about "Das Nibelungenlied" in the third session

presentation of about 10 minutes

short paper of 10.000 to 15.000 characters due on 01st of August 2017 (extended deadline in special cases such as illness, excursion, ...)

 

 

Please acquire: Das Nibelungenlied. Mittelhochdeutsch-Neuhochdeutsch. Ed. by Ursula Schulze. Deutscher Taschenbuchverlag 2008. The book cost around 17 Euros. Currently, it is not available via amazon, but it can be ordered directly through the publishing house, which means you can also order it through the bookseller of your choice. It is also available through ZVAB.

I will also compile a reader for the course which will include further texts and material. You will also find some practical information like the syllabus - so please get yourself a copy before the course starts. The copies will be stocked at the office of Mrs Hell and Mrs Daxer, 9th floor of the Geiwi. The reader will be available approx. from mid-February onwards and will cost around ten Euros.

Positive assessment of mandatory modul 2.

not applicable

Texts will be either read in present-day German or modern English which means that you won't need any language skills beyond that but on the other hand it doesn't mean that I wouldn't be happy if you would risk a glimpse at the middle high German original texts :)

 

 

08.03.2017
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Date Time Location
Wed 2017-03-08
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-03-15
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-03-22
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-03-29
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-04-05
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-04-26
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-05-03
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-05-10
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-05-17
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-05-24
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-05-31
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-06-07
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-06-14
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-06-21
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2017-06-28
12.00 - 13.30 40935 SR 40935 SR Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired