German Literature : Introduction to a Critical Approach of Literary Texts

lgerm1114  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

German Literature : Introduction to a Critical Approach of Literary Texts
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 7.5 h
Level A1 of the Common Europea Framework of Reference for Languages
Main themes
Close in-depth critical study of contemporary canonical texts. This course will introduce strudents to basics of narratology, stylistics and genre theory. Several literary texts (poems, novels, short stories, plays) will be analysed methodically.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Acquiring a method of analysis for one or more literary genres though the analysis of canonical contamporary texts (19th, 20th, 21st century).
This course will provide students with basic scholarly methods and tools enabling him/her to approach a literary text critically (poems, novels and short stories, plays).

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
This course offers an introduction to the scientific analysis of literary texts of different genres. The aim is to explain the specific characteristics of the different literary genres (prose, poetry, drama) and to examine the type of system each genre represents for the work of an author in order to develop a topic or theme. The first sessions will therefore be devoted to the following questions: What is a literary text? In which way(s) do literary texts differ from any other type of text?
Teaching methods
Introduction to the different topics by the lecturer; literary analysis of short texts or excerpts (= required reading to be prepared individually before each class).
Evaluation methods
Continuous assessment (preparation of readings, learning of the vocabulary related to literary studies, written exercises): 30 %; final evaluation in the form of a written exam: 70 %. Regular attendance, active participation as well as the different exercises are a prerequisite for the final evaluation.
Benedict Jeßing / Ralph Köhnen: Einführung in die Neuere deutsche Literaturwissenschaft.4., aktualisierte und überarbeitete Aufl., Stuttgart: Metzler 2017.
Benedict Jeßing: Arbeitstechniken des literaturwissenschaftlichen Studiums. Stuttgart: Reclam 2001. 
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in German Studies