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GRN3245 - On the Brink of Modernity (1890-1920)

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Christiane Weller


Not offered in 2007


This unit will examine Austrian and German literature at the turn of the century and will focus on the intellectual life of the urban centres, cultural criticism, the nascent youth movement and new conceptualizations of corporality and the workings of the psyche.


Upon successful completion of this subject students should have aquired detailed knowledge of the main features of Austrian and German literary and cultural life in the period and a good grasp of key texts reflecting the social, political, intellectual and historical developments of the time. Students should be capable of informed discussion of the literature in its context making use of relevant theoretical concepts. They will be able to present the results of their own research in form of a class paper and a written essay.


Essay (1800-2000 words - special credit will be given to essays written in German): 40%
Class paper: 10%
Examination (1 hour): 30%
3 homework exercises 20%

Contact hours

3 hours (3 x seminars) per week


Advanced German Studies I, part 2 or above; or equivalent