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Death: A Theme in German Culture


Module description

This module is intended to offer an overview of German culture from the late eighteenth century to the present day from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

The theme of death will be approached through a variety of cultural media such as literature, poetry or architecture and from a variety of thematic approaches, including literary criticism, gender studies, philosophy, theology, psychoanalysis or history. Most texts will be studied in German.

Indicative module content

  • Changing Attitudes towards Death in European History
  • The Remembrance of Fallen Soldier of the First World War in Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • The Bombing War Against German Cities in the Second World War and its Aftermath
  • Socialist Heroes and Ordinary Comrades: Cemeteries and Burials in the GDR
  • Thomas Mann, Tod in Venedig
  • Arthur Schnitzler, Leutnant Gustl
  • Ernst Jünger, In Stahlgewittern/The Storm of Steel
  • Erich Maria Remarque, Im Westen nichts Neues/All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Peter Stramm, Agnes
  • Judith Hermann, Alice
  • G.E. Lessing, Wie die Alten den Tod gebildet
  • J. Grimm, Deutsche Mythologie Bd. 2, Kapitel 27: Der Tod
  • H. von Hofmannsthal, der Tor und der Tod