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Seminar in Literature of the 20th Century

Germanic Languages And Literatures 527 - Fall 2018

German and Austrian exile literatures are the result of Hitler's racist and expansionist policy between 1933-38 and 1945. The leading figures of literary life in Berlin and Vienna fled to other countries, primarily in Europe and the Americas. We will read and discuss both examples of leading scholarship (in particular from a new handbook on the topic) as well as the primary sources: chapters from memoirs by Stefan Zweig, Hilde Spiel and Heinrich Mann, poems by Erich Fried, Nelly Sachs, Hilde Domin and Bertolt Brecht, essays by Hermann Broch and Thomas Mann, dramas by Bertolt Brecht, Carl Zuckmayer and Franz Werfel as well as novels by Klaus Mann, Irmgard Keun, Hermaynia zur Mühlen, Vicki Baum and Alfred Neumann. In an interdisciplinary approach - encompassing theories of aesthetics, gender, race and history -- we want to discuss the developments of literary genres under the conditions of the writers' exclusion, displacement, and exile, as well as the anti-racist engagement of the authors in the defense of Human Dignity. Students will do two in-class presentations and write one semester paper. They will be encouraged to draw on material from other areas of the humanities, the arts (including film), or the social sciences. This is a graduate course; undergraduate senior majors by permission of the instructor.
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Seminar in Literature of the 20th Century
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