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GRMN3682: Foreign and Exotic in German Literature

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.

Code GRMN3682
Academic unit Germanic Studies
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Germanic Studies or (GRMN1311 and GRMN2322)
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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GRMN2682

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. exhibit a high standard of active and passive competence in German and an ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in a range of registers in both written and spoken German
  • LO2. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of German societies, and an ability to discuss issues pertaining to culture, society, education, history, and politics creatively and effectively, to formulate sound arguments and to defend them
  • LO3. demonstrate high levels of cultural competence and the ability to critically reflect on their own society and heritage
  • LO4. demonstrate critical thinking, information and digital literacy, and the capacity to from ethical judgments
  • LO5. exhibit the skills and confidence to work openly and productively, with integrity and confidence in diverse groups and across linguistic and cultural boundaries
  • LO6. effectively apply approaches and knowledge from Germanic studies to issues encountered in an interdisciplinary context.

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