German Literature: German Requiem - German Literature post-1945

Ref: C2422562

The course will examine how literature sought to interpret the Second World War and the result of the German defeat. We shall discuss themes relating to guilt, atonement and suffering, and how experiences of these were reflected in East & West Germany and latterly a united Germany.

Course aim

This course will introduce post-war German literature from the late 1940s to the present.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • You will be able to describe how German writers have explored guilt and atonement.
  • You will be able to discuss in an informed manner the issue of German suffering in literature.
  • You will be able to describe the division of identity in society caused by the division of Germany.
  • You will be able to outline the political importance of the studied texts.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You should pre-read the texts. These are: Crabwalk - Gunter Grass. The Mussel Feast - Birgit Vanderbeke. Austerlitz - WG Sebald. All For Nothing - Walter Kempowski. The poems of Joachim Sartorius will be available on Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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German Literature: German Requiem - German Literature post-1945

Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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