M183003German Language and Literature (Seminars)

Numbering Code G-LET17 7M183 SJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Wed.3
Instructor name KAWASHIMA TAKASHI (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course "Literature and politics" is a topic that is both old and new. Setting aside exceptions like literature that supports a specific moral or political cause, literature is often made to appear to be a neutral activity unrelated to politics. However, it is actually always produced from within and read in relation to the political circumstances of its time. In this course, we will focus on examples of German literary works that tend to be seen as particularly apolitical, and consider the kinds of political issues that may be related to these works as we outline the history of studies conducted on them.
Course Goals To grasp the research trends of this field, to critically read previous studies, and to be able to provide one's own opinions.
Schedule and Contents The basic plan is to take turns reading research theses in German, but we will also consider individual literary works as necessary. The class plan is as follows.

Session 1: Explanation of course topics
Sessions 2~14: Reading texts in turns, and discussion
Session 15: Summary
Evaluation Methods and Policy Assessments are based on class participation only.
Course Requirements Intermediate and above reading comprehension skills in German
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Read the sections that will be covered in the upcoming class session ahead of time using a German language dictionary.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Instructed during class
References, etc. Introduced during class