Foreign and Exotic in German Literature (GRMN3682)


The unit investigates questions of national identity and foreignness (Fremde) in modern literary texts in German. We will consider the construction as well as the deconstruction of belonging and 'being foreign', both by native authors and by so-called 'Auslaender' (foreigners, migrants) writing in German. Narratives critical concepts of a national identity which excludes, rejects and devalues the 'other', as well as narratives by authors 'embodying' the foreign and 'exotic', will be compared.

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1x2-hr seminar/week


1xoral presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), 1x1500wd tutorial paper (25%), 1x3500wd research essay (55%)

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18 senior credit points in Germanic Studies


GRMN2682, GRMN3702

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