Masters of the Modern: Great Writers of the 20th Century
Studies in giants of twentieth- century German literature: Rilke, Kafka, Mann, Brecht, and Hesse. May also include short works by recent Nobel Prize winners (Grass, Boell, Jelinek, Mueller). Defining “world literature” and the shaping of “modern” Western thought by these major literary figures. Readings explore major twentieth-century themes: modernism, totalitarian politics, German identity and the situation of Germany within Europe. Regular written exercises, readings, and discussion in German. One course.