War, Passion and Possibly Love: Approaches to Genre in German Literature (MLG1016)
|Staff||Dr Sara Smart - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
This module focuses on the presentation of war and passion or love in a variety of literary genres. We shall analyse examples of poetry, the short story, and extracts from dramas and novels written by some of the canonical figures in German literary and cultural history (Gryphius, Goethe, Heine, Thomas Mann, Brecht and B
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Recognise the stylistic and structural features of a range of German texts dealing with the themes of war, passion and love.
- 2. Identify the genre and register of a given text and understand the relation between the two. Discuss, in written and oral form, literary techniques and conventions.
- 3. Evaluate the success of a text in realising its writer's aims.
- 4. Use dictionaries effectively.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 5. Read and analyse passages of prose and poetry, showing an awareness of register, style and poetic devices
- 6. Describe and evaluate, under guidance from the course tutor, key critical responses to the material
- 7. Mount an argument in sound written English using basic textual evidence
- 8. Recognise and understand basic critical terminology and use some of this terminology in written and oral work
- 9. After initial guidance, find his/her way around the relevant subject areas of the University Library and access and use learning resources specified by the course tutor
- 10. Use a reading list to identify material relevant to a given aspect of the subject, and report findings orally or in writing
- 11. Demonstrate an ability to give bibliographical information accurately and consistently, following established conventions
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 12. Undertake structured learning activities with guidance from the course tutor and with the help of written guidelines
- 13. Assimilate, select and organise material in order to produce, to a deadline, a written or oral argument
- 14. Explain and discuss personal conclusions with other members of a group
- 15. Demonstrate basic word-processing and I.T. skills
Week 1 and 2: Depictions ofWar in the Short Story and Novel: Heinrich Böll Der Zug war
pünktlich and Erich Maria Remarque Im Westen nichts Neues
Week 3: Depictions ofWar in Drama: Bertolt Brecht Mutter Courage
Week 4 & 5: Depiction of War in the Sonnet: Andreas Gryphius ‘Threnen des Vaterlandes',
Bertolt Brecht 'Sonnet in der Emigration' .
Week 6: Small group tutorials to discuss formative assessment
Week 7: Obsession: Thomas Mann Der Tod in Venedig
Week 8-9: Tragic Love: Goethe Faust
Week 10-11: Passion and Possibly Love: The Love Lyric of Goethe and Heine
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||11||1-hour seminars|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||6||1-hour lectures|
|Guided independent study||133||Private study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Analysis of text||500 words||1-15||Written (DML pro forma); 10-minute session with course tutor in designated hours in Week 6.|
|Presentation||5 mins||1-14||Oral feedback at end of seminar.|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|2 exercises in textual analysis (if taught in Term 1)||100||1000 words each||1-15||Written (DML pro forma); opportunity to discuss with course tutor in office hours.|
|Take-away exam (if taught in Term 2)||100||1-15||Written (DML pro forma); opportunity to discuss with course tutor in office hours.|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Textual analysis||Textual analysis||1-15||ref/def period|
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