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GE1: Introduction to German Studies

This paper is the consolidated scheduled paper for students at Part IA (Option B). It is also available at Part IB for Option A students.

The paper aims to introduce students to all the aspects of the formal study of German culture which form part of German as a Tripos subject: literature of all periods and film, linguistics, history and thought. No prior knowledge of any of these areas is presumed, and each module introduces the topic and the analytical skills which are needed to work further in the relevant area. By the end of the first year, students should have an overview of German Studies which will enable them to make informed choices at Part IB and Part II.

The paper combines six modules, which are outlined below, with four lectures devoted to each of these. The order in which modules are presented may vary to allow for sabbatical leave in a given year. The order of the literature modules may be chronological, as they are presented below, or may follow some other scheme.

It is expected that students will attend all lectures and that they will have supervisions on four of the six modules. In most cases students will be seen by more than one supervisor over the course of their studies for this paper. Wherever possible, supervisions will be timetabled to follow the relevant lecture.

Topics: 

LITERATURE A - Medieval and Early Modern​ Literature

Hartmann von Aue: Iwein

Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg: Geistliche Sonnette, Lieder und Gedichte

Andreas Gryphius: Gedichte

Appendix A - poems by Greiffenberg and Gryphius

LITERATURE B - Modern Literature I: the 18th and 19th Centuries

Goethe: Urfaust

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff: Die Judenbuche

LITERATURE C - Modern Literature II: the 20th and 21st Centuries and Film

Kafka: Die Verwandlung

Grisebach: Western

HISTORY - Imperial Germany 1871-1918, Authoritarianism and Modernism

Bismarck’s Chancellorship

The Reign of Wilhelm II

Antimodernism

Modernism

LINGUISTICS - Linguistics: Language and Lexicography

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Deutsches Wörterbuch

Konrad Duden, Deutsche Rechtschreibung

THOUGHT - Marx and Nietzsche

Marx and Engels: Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei

Nietzsche: Jenseits von Gut und Böse

Preparatory reading: 

Students should familiarise themselves with the nature of the material involved in all six modules so that they can make informed choices as they move through the year about the four topics on which they would like to be supervised. Students are also advised to concentrate on the texts for which lectures are scheduled in the first term, and reminded that in most cases this preparation will be extremely useful in relation to their language work. 

For details of the preparatory reading list and module descriptions, see here.

Teaching and learning: 

The paper combines six modules, with four lectures devoted to each of these. The order in which modules are presented may vary to allow for sabbatical leave in a given year. The order of the literature modules may be chronological, as they are presented below, or may follow some other scheme.

It is expected that students will attend all lectures and that they will have supervisions on four of the six modules. In most cases students will be seen by more than one supervisor over the course of their studies for this paper. Wherever possible, supervisions will be timetabled to follow the relevant lectures.

Ge.1's Moodle site can be accessed here.

Assessment: 

Assessment is by a three-hour written examination. There are questions on all six modules and candidates may answer any three questions.

Course Contacts: 
Dr Charlotte Lee