GERM 202
Stranger Things: The German Novella Spring 2019
Division I
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Goethe’s famous description of the novella as an “unheard of event” holds true to this day: scandals, murder, and the supernatural abound in this seminal German genre. Both meticulously structured and notoriously difficult to define, the novella as a form mirrors the paradoxes of its narratives. In this course, we will ask how form and content come together in the novella to engender strange occurrences that vacillate between everyday experiences and fever dreams. As we trace the development of the novella over the course of two hundred years of German literary history, we will explore how the eerie phenomena at the genre’s core reflect specific historic moments only to transcend them. What is it about the German novella that creates such a particular sense of unease, and how does this genre mediate modern experience? Taught in German.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 8
Class#: 3936
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 2-page critical responses, oral presentation, 6-page final paper
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: GERM 201 or equivalent
Enrollment Preferences: German majors
Distributions: Division I

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