Professor Alexander Pichugin

Taught in German. Prerequisite: 01:470:232

This course invites students to explore short genres of German prose such as the anecdote, farce, fable, novella, and short story.

By studying different genres of short narrative, students will gain insights into ideas, trends and discourses that have shaped contemporary German-language literature and culture.

The different texts are approached as both cultural artifacts and linguistic documents, i.e., their analysis includes the study of vocabulary and elements of grammar and style. We will explore various reading techniques (e.g. close reading, reading for plot, etc.) and learn to define and apply essential literary terminology, such as genre, metaphor, realism, fiction, documentary, narrator, narrative development, montage, point of view, mimesis, etc., to literary texts.

As a learning outcome of the course, students will develop their abilities to approach a short narrative both analytically and synthetically, exploring the connections between the topics of the works and the social world in critical and creative ways. As a practical outcome, the students will develop critical skills of literary analysis of short narratives by practicing oral and written interpretation and discussion and advancing their ability to speak and write in German.

The course is conducted in German. All course materials, discussions, and readings are in German. Fulfills SAS Core goal AHp.