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The Twentieth Century German Novel

The Twentieth Century German Novel short course will focus on developments in the German novel in the twentieth century, demonstrating how the novels studied represent both literary tradition and literary innovation. We will begin with an introduction to the German novel, identifying different literary movements and trends in the twentieth century and the political, social and historical contexts of the novels in question. In this first session we will also analyse ways of studying the novel/narrative as a genre. The first text to be studied is Thomas Mann’s realist masterpiece Buddenbrooks, then we move on to Kafka’s modernist Das Schloss. The post-45 novels to be studied are Heinrich Böll’s Und sagte kein einziges Wort, Becker’s Jakob der Lügner and Özdamar’s Die Bruecke vom Goldenen Horn. Three main aspects of the post-war German novel will be explored: poverty and the ‘Wirtschaftswunder’, the Holocaust, and Turkish-German writing.

All texts studied will be available in German and in English translation.

15 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

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  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Wed 28-Apr-21 7.30pm-9pm

Class code ARCL055H5AAA