Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9201015292005Contemporary German Novel IElective117
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is to enable the students to comprehend and interprete contemporary novels of German literature emerging within the period between the second half of the 20th century up to the present and the events behind them, to understand not only how the most recent events in German history are processed within literature but also the essentials of different attitudes in arts and literature, to discover the daily routine of contemporary social and political events in the light of novels.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Yab. Uz. Dr. Martina Özkan
Learning Outcomes
1Effective usage of previously gained literal competence and abilities during the structural, lingual, narrative and thematical analysis of literal texts.
2Developing an understanding for contemporary novels and awareness of the differences between contemporary and not contemporay novels.
3Following the historical evolution process of German literature to interprete cultural and structural changes.
4Comprehending the events in German history, the seperation process starting to be experienced after the Nazi period, the individualization movement and their reflection in literature.
5Ability to produce and present authentic literal criticism on novels read using scientific research methods.
6Ability to interprete the structural and fictional breaking points of German novels along their evolution process
7Critical approach to and authentical interpretation of the implementation of contrasts caused by the socio-cultural structure of Germany and the cultural pluralism resident in the society in literal works of the period between the middle of the 20th century and the present.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Reading a selection of contemporary German novels of the period from 1960 to the present. The academic work of the first term will cover the examination of three novels. Interpretation of the post-war events experienced by the German 68 generation in Uwe Tim’s novel “A Hot Summer”. Disposing in parallel how Monika Maron, an author from East Germany, squares up with the older generation in her novel “Stille Zeile sechs”. Finally, reading and analysing Robert Schneider’s world famous novel “Brother of Sleep”.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introducing the aim and content of the courseCourse introduction
2Uwe Timm: A Hot Summer. Introduction and handing out the assignment topicsControversial Subject Analysis
3Uwe Timm: A Hot Summer: Overview of historical events, student movements Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
4Uwe Timm: A Hot Summer: Generation conflict Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
5Uwe Timm: A Hot Summer: Fiction and Reality Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
6Uwe Timm: A Hot Summer: Bildungsroman (Apprenticeship novel) Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
7Monika Maron: Stille Zeile sechs: Introduction and handing out the assignment topics Controversial Subject Analysis
8Midterm
9Monika Maron: Stille Zeile sechs: History and Decline of East Germany Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
10Monika Maron: Stille Zeile sechs: Generation conflict in East Germany Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
11Monika Maron: Stille Zeile sechs: The discourse of Guilt Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
12Monika Maron: Stille Zeile sechs: Narrative of Psychic Realism Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
13Robert Schneider: Brother of Sleep: Fictional Biography Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
14Robert Schneider: Brother of Sleep: Narrative structure Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
15Robert Schneider: Brother of Sleep: Artificiality and spontaneity Controversial Subject Analysis and Practical Text Interpretation
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
COURSE BOOK: 1.Uwe Timm: A Hot Summer. Frankfurt am Main, 2008. 2.Monika Maron: Stille Zeile sechs. Frankfurt am Main, 1993 3.Robert Schneider: Brother of Sleep. Stuttgart 1992. 4.Nikolaus Förster: Return of the Narrative. German Prosa of the 80s and 90s. Darmstadt, 2000.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
German
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14342
Problem Solving515
Discussion14114
Project Preparation31030
Project Presentation339
Self Study14228
Individual Study for Homework Problems5210
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11010
Individual Study for Final Examination11010
Reading14342
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)204
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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