|Course Code :||1012FLWTLD|
|Bi-anuall course:||Taught in academic years starting in an even year|
|Semester:||Semester: 2nd semester|
|Study load (hours):||112|
|Contract restrictions: ||No contract restriction|
|Language of instruction :||German|
|Exam period:||exam in the 2nd semester|
At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
An active knowlegde of :
Specific prerequisites for this course:
Be able to read German on an advanced level.
Good passive and active knowledge of German that allows for oral and written cooperation such as can be expected after successful completion of Ba1.
Basic general knowledge regarding German history and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries
2. Learning outcomes
Students will have gained knowledge of the life and works of one of the outstanding German writers of the modern period. They will also get acquainted with broad knowledge of the 19th century background which informs his career as well as the intellectual, historical, political, and literary developments – such as the world wars and the fate of Germany - which helped shape his reception in the 20th century.
3. Course contents
THOMAS MANN. WORK AND IMPACT.
In this course we will attempt to comprehend the career of one of the towering figures in world literature of the 20th century, a Nobel-prize winning author who came to represent Germany and the Germans through a very difficult period of its historical and political transformation. Topics include: the impact of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Wagner on the early Mann; the impact of Goethe and Freud on the late Mann. Naturalism and Decadence in the early writings; musical and mythological motifs in the early novellas; Heinrich Mann and Thomas Mann’s literary development; the concepts of Germany and the Germans; Thomas Mann, Weimar culture and the rise of Nazism; Mann’s career in face of and after Nazism; Mann and exile literature.
4. Teaching method
Class contact teaching: LecturesPractice sessions
Personal work: Assignments:Individually
5. Assessment method and criteria
Examination: Written with oral presentation
6. Study material
Tristan, Tonio Kröger, Wälsungenblut, Der Tod in Venedig, Mario und der Zauberer.
Also excerpts from Betrachtungen eines Unpolitischen.
Perhaps some essays (on Goethe, Freud, Von deutscher Republik) and one radio broadcast to Germany during the war.
Some excerpts from his correspondence with his brother Heinrich Mann and also excerpts from his diaries.
The following study material can be studied on a voluntary basis:
Buddenbrooks, Der Zauberberg, Joseph und seine Brueder, Doktor Faustus.
7. Contact information
Prof. Dr. Mark Gelber
Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva
Department of Foreign Literatures & Linguistics, Diller Building 521
Tel. +972 (0)8 6461125
(+)last update: 07/06/2012 10:24 myriam.demeulenaere