Topics of German Language and Culture (1-3 credits)
Dr. Franz-Joseph Wehage
Previously taught as a literature course
Die Physiker, Der Richter und sein Henker
Bichsel, Peter. San Salvador
Frisch, Max. Cafe de la
Bachmann. Ingeborg. Jugend
in einer Österreichischen Stadt
Aichinger, Ilse. Das Plakat
Rilke, Rainer Maria. Die
Hofmannsthal, Hugo von. Das
Erlebnis des Marschalls von Bassompierre
Werfel, Franz. Jakobowski
und der Oberst
Jakobowski und der Oberst based on Franz Werfel’s
play (Austrian playwright)
Der Richter und sein Henker based on Durrenmatt’s
novella (Swiss Author)
*You will gain a general perspective of prose narrative
of the 19th and 20th century works of well known Austrian, and Swiss writers
*You will develop your analytical skills through close
readings of the texts, participation in class discussion, keeping a reader’s
journal, and the formulation and completion of a short paper and oral presentation.
This course is for students who have completed a three
hundred level German class. Each reading selection is discussed and its
meaning interpreted. Students are required to submit three short papers
during the semester which discuss any story in detail. I will help as needed
with mechanics of the paper.
You will be able to narrate and elaborate in some
detail, communicate facts and talk casually about your interest in literature
using general vocabulary.
You will be able to understand main ideas and details
of connected discourse.
Ability to read longer prose which is conceptually
abstract and linguistically complex
Students can write cohesive summaries and narratives.
They have sufficient writing vacabulary.
They can write about the concrete aspects of topics
relating to particular interests and special fields of competence
You will keep a journal in which you write impressions
of each work of short fiction on the syllabus. During the semester several
assignments will be posted to which you have to reply. Also, you will read
the response of two other students and reply to their response [in German].
Student responsibilities: You
are expected to attend classes regularly and complete readings as assigned..
Make-up work is accepted only in the cases of absence excused due to illness
or emergency or due to previously-planned, college sanctioned activities
for which you have given one week’s advance notice. Attendance is necessary
and required. 3 or more unexcused absences will result in a participation
grade of zero. Absences due to previously-scheduled, sanctioned college
activities must be cleared with me in advance or they will count as unexcused
Your final grade will be computed as follows:
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
im Internet an der Uni Erlangen
[Projekt Gutenberg, Sammlung
elektronischer Texte einschließlich Parodien, Satiren, Fabeln, Sagen
und Märchen; Volkslieder und Vertonungen; wissenschaftliche Publikationen
online; Verzeichnisse online lesbarer bzw. kopierbarer Texte; Hypertext-Verzeichnisse.]