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GERM1001 Modern German Culture

Module Overview

This module is designed to introduce you to a small number of German twentieth-century texts that include examples of drama, poetry and narrative. Texts have been chosen to bring out formal characteristics and features of these genres and address themes, such as the relationship between politics and literature, representation of personal experience, social structures and the generation of knowledge. The texts will be discussed in relation to their cultural and historical contexts as well as in terms of their form and structure. Film adaptations, where available, will also be included.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • selected examples of German texts of different periods, genres and geographical locations
  • basic cultural, poetological and narratological concepts
  • the interrelationship between form, structure and content of a text


The syllabus includes samples of 20th century German texts which cover a variety of genres.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures and seminars • group discussion Learning activities include • short presentations • short written exercises • minute taking

Preparation for scheduled sessions11
Completion of assessment task40
Wider reading or practice66
Follow-up work11
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Nicholas Boyle (2008). German Literature: a Very Short Introduction. 

Any good introduction to 20th-century German and Austrian history and literature, of which the library holds a good selection.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Class participation 10%
Draft essay  (500 words) 20%
Draft essay  (500 words) 20%
Essay  (2000 words) 40%
Reading diary  (500 words) 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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