3304001 German Language and Literature

Numbering Code U-LET17 13304 LJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Fri.2
Instructor name KAWASHIMA TAKASHI (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Literature is a kind of art form which is unique in that it depends mainly on language. But literary works are often visualized by means of illustrations which complement the imagination of readers. This process of visualization is very important in terms of marketing, especially for children and younger readers. But a visualized version of a literary text is no more than an example of its “interpretation” which deprives readers of further possibilities of their own readings. This problem of limitation becomes bigger in the case of cinematic adaptations. So, in this class, while reading texts of German literature, we would like to think about the question if the process of visualization enriches the literary practices or not.
Course Goals Students will on the one hand obtain basic knowledge about the history of German literature, and on the other hand shall consider problems which emerge from the visualization of literary texts.
Schedule and Contents (1) Introduction
(2) Anonymous: “The Song of the Nibelungs” (ca. 1200)
(3) Johann Wolfgang Goethe: “The Sorrows of Young Werther” (1774)
(4) Brothers Grimm: “Children’s and Household Tales” (1812/15)
(5) E. T. A. Hoffmann: “The Sandman” (1816)
(6) Johanna Spyri: “Heidi” (1880/81)
(7) Waldemar Bonsels: “The Adventures of Maya the Bee” (1912)
(8) Franz Kafka: “The Metamorphosis” (1912)
(9) Franz Kafka: “The Trial” (1914-15)
(10) Thomas Mann: “The Magic Mountain” (1924)
(11) Alfred Doeblin: “Berlin Alexanderplatz” (1929)
(12) Guenter Grass: “The Tin Drum” (1959)
(13) Michael Ende: “Momo” (1973)
(14) Elfriede Jelinek: “No Light” (2011~)
(15) Conclusion
Evaluation Methods and Policy Participation in class (50%), final report (50%)
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are expected to read the texts mentioned in class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Doitsu bungaku wo hiraku (Series: sekai bungaku wo hiraku), Hiroshi Hatakeyama et al., (Minerva Shobo, 2021)
References, etc. Introduced during class