German Poetry Today: Serious to Slam

Subject 126-467 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2.5-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Pre-requisites for enrolment in German Honours level course.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Leo Kretzenbacher

Subject Overview: Who are the big names in German poetry today? What do they write about? Which elements, concerning both content and form, of the German poetic tradition do these poets keep alive, which ones do they revive, copy, change or destroy? Which taboos do they tackle, and from which ones do they shy away? What are the poetics behind their writing? Are they willing and able to open new poetic horizons? How do they touch upon the concepts of contextualisation, subversion and escapism? This subject will answer all these questions and shed light on the vast area of modern German poetry, examining texts written in the new millennium, and including poems from the high end of the lyric spectrum as well as the "underground" (eg slam poetry). A set of tools for a detailed analysis of poetry will be developed, and various literary theories will be used to analyse the texts (psychoanalytical, feminist, structuralist approaches).
Assessment: A 1200-word class paper 30% (due during semester) and an essay of 4000 words 70% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts:
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • have acquired skills in research, critical thinking and contextualising information;
  • also have developed skills in communicating knowledge intelligibly through oral presentations and essays in German.
Notes: This subject is taught in German.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: German

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