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Topics in German Culture and Society: Civic Storytelling: Political Novellas

GER 307/ENG 323/COM 347

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Modern citizens' struggle for liberty produced a radical literary tool of defense: the novella. Part everyday life, part sudden event, these short forms gave advice to those fighting the Man: How can outcasts question authority? What is a feminist plot? Can resistance be a reader response? We will discuss and read how these stories organize, formulate, and intensify real-world arguments through fictional protagonists in examples from the Americas and Europe, esp. 19th-century Germany. Alongside key theories, we will assess how novellas clarified and complicated issues of civil liberties, politics, religion, racism, gender, law, and the media.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 10
  • Capacity: 25
  • Class Number: 20727
  • Schedule: MW 03:00 PM-04:20 PM