608218 PS Text Analysis and Interpretation (Gr. B): Happy Endings in Drama

winter semester 2021/2022 | Last update: 27.09.2021 Place course on memo list
608218
PS Text Analysis and Interpretation (Gr. B): Happy Endings in Drama
PS 2
2,5
weekly
each semester
German

Methodically supported, text-oriented interpretation of selected plays; ability to identify and to describe the relation between social, literary and cultural history, intertextual relation and genre-discussion within the texts

Nothing is more important in theatre than the (happy) ending: the audience's final applause seals the victory over the villains, the reunion of the lovers and the resolution of all confusion. Theatrical conventions such as the deus ex macchina, the grouping of all actors into a final tableau on stage, the common chorus and formulaic speech set the standard for the happy endings and influence the audience's expectations. The authors, however, often make use of the opportunity to play with genre conventions: They break with the rules of the conventional ending - by ironically referring to the fact that the story is artificially "made", by offering several versions or by disappointing the audience's expectation that everything must end well.

Short frontal lectures, analysis and discussion of the texts based on kick-off presentations and individual reading of the texts

Participation in class and preparation at home (reading of the texts!)
Kick-off presentations, contribution to the discussion
Short exam (discussion of the texts) at the end of semester
Written paper (8 pages)

(a final reading list will be handed out at the beginning of the semester)

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: Nathan der Weise

Ferdinand Raimund: Der Alpenkönig und der Menschenfeind

Johann Nestroy: Einen Jux will er sich machen

Gerhard Hauptmann: Der Biberpelz

Ödön von Horváth: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald

Bertolt Brecht: Die Dreigroschenober

Fritz Hochwälder: Der Himbeerpflücker

Werner Schwab: Die Präsidentinnen

Peter Turrini: Die Wirtin

Cf. Curriculum

Recommended for 1. semester BA UF Deutsch

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Date Time Location
Wed 2021-10-06
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2021-10-13
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2021-10-20
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2021-10-27
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2021-11-03
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2021-11-10
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2021-11-17
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2021-11-24
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2021-12-01
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2021-12-15
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2022-01-12
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2022-01-19
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2022-01-26
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free
Wed 2022-02-02
12.00 - 13.30 40901 SR 40901 SR Barrier-free