- Code GERM6511
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject German
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, European Languages, Gender Studies, European Studies, Literature
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
Gender – ideas about masculinity, femininity, and relationships between women and men – is a central factor shaping cultural representations. Transgressions of familiar gender "roles" through practices such as cross-dressing can reflect a culture's fascination with, but also concern about, larger processes of political or social change. This course examines texts from three key moments in modern German history, reflecting on how ideas of gender have changed or stayed the same over time. We will investigate gender representations in Weimar Classicism around 1800, examining excerpts from canonical authors such as Lessing and Goethe, before moving on to media and literary representations from Germany's Weimar Republic (1918-1933), a period often described in terms of "crisis" and "decadence." Finally, we will examine gender in the German present, using film as a platform for thinking about how representations of gender transgression continue to shape popular culture and ideas about "identity" in significant ways. Students who have completed this course will demonstrate advanced levels of spoken and written expression that accord to the conventions of academic German, in addition to substantial discipline-based research skills.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse, critique, and undertake in-depth research on literary representations in German from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
- Analyse, critique, and undertake in-depth research on visual representations of gender from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries
- Demonstrate advanced reading comprehension skills in German through engagement with a wide range of literary, visual, scholarly, and popular culture materials
- Demonstrate an advanced level of spoken German, including highly developed skills in formal class presentations that integrate current discipline-based research
- Demonstrate an advanced level of written German, including in German academic writing and analysis that integrates current discipline-based research
Indicative AssessmentClose analysis in German of a literary text/s, 1500 words (25%) [LOs 1, 3, 5]
Research essay in German, 2,500 words (45%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 5]
Oral class presentation in German, 20 minutes (recorded) (20%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]
Class participation, including online activities (Wattle) and readings to be completed outside of class (10%) [LOs 1, 2, 3].
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 40 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 2 hours class per week, and 16 hours of in-class film viewing (8 films during the semester), and
b) 90 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, "Die natürliche Tochter" (Reclam Universal-Bibliothek)
Irmgard Keun, "Das kunstseidene Mädchen" (Ullstein 2002)
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