Comic Perspectives on German History in Literature and Film (MLG2038)

15 credits

The module examines the comic treatment of selected periods and topics of nineteenth- and twentieth-century German history in literature and film. It will focus on the critique of post-Enlightenment Absolutism at the beginning of the nineteenth century, women in the Weimar Republic, the Jewish experience of National Socialism, and the divided post-war Germany. We will identify which aspects of these periods and topics are treated comically, analyse the point of view from which they are being treated comically and infer any implied positive norm by examining the specific kinds of comic genre conventions used at different times.