Graduate Course Descriptions 2018W

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Germ 520C : Narratives of Migration
Germ 520C
Credits: 3
Winter 2018 Session | Term: 2
Instructor: Markus Hallensleben,
Date and Time: Thur 2:00pm-4:00pm
Place: BUCH D228
Office Hours: R 12:30-1:30pm at BuTo 922

Course description:

This course focuses on narratives of migration from a comparative studies point of view. It aims to provide an interdisciplinary framework for the investigation of transnational literature within the wider context of the global mobility turn and critical European Studies, with a special emphasis on the most recent German-language post-migration literature that appeared since the European “refugee crisis” in 2015. While one part of the course will utilize the sociological concepts of post-migration and superdiverse societies for an analysis of literary narratives as counter-narratives to Eurocentric, ethnically and nationally centred models of belonging, another part will investigate select primary texts. How do they perform hybrid and multiple identities that go across borders, including the dealing with memories of colonial history, genocides and wars?

We will further discuss concepts and theories of exile, diaspora, integration, multiculturality, nomadism, postcolonialism, sedentarism, third space, transculturality and transnationality. The goal is to determine whether a trans-civic desire manifests itself in literature and what its performative effects might be in understanding culture as an open transitional space, which allows for practicing civic diversity, gender and racial equality.

Secondary sources will include readings of Georgio Agamben, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Hannah Arendt, Aleida Assmann, Zygmunt Baumann, Homi Bhabha, Tim Cresswell, Edward Said, Michel Serres, Mark Terkessidis, Steven Vertovec and Bernhard Waldenfels, among others.

There are no prerequisites. This course is open to graduate students from all fields who work on narratives of migration in any context, whether in theory or praxis. It is taught in English with a directed study approach, including portfolio components in preparation for the final essay. Students are welcome to incorporate their own research and will present on at least one course related topic based on their own annotated working bibliographies.

Some readings will be posted on UBC Canvas. Please note that all readings of secondary sources will be split among the students, and a comprehensive updated working bibliography will be available at Refworks at the beginning of the term.

Tentative Reading List of Primary Sources (Titles available at the UBC Bookstore)

Erpenbeck, Jenny. Go, Went, Gone. New Directions, 2017.

Göktürk, Deniz, Gramling, David, and Anton Kaes, eds. Germany in Transit: Nation and Migration, 1955-2005, University of California Press, 2007.

Jelinek, Elfriede. Charges (The Supplicants), Seagull, 2016.

Kermani, Navid. Upheaval: The Refugee Trek through Europe. Polity, 2017.

Khider, Abbas. Slap in the Face, Seagull Books, 2018.

Trojanow, Ilija. Fleeing, and Then. Seagull Books (to be published).

Trojanow, Ilija, and Ranjit Hoskote. Confluences: Forgotten Histories from East and West, Yoda Press, 2012.

Germ 510: German Literary History
Credits: 3
Winter 2018 Session | Term 1
Instructor: Kyle Frackman,
Day and Time: Wednesday, 2:00pm - 4:00 pm
Location: BUCH D313

Germ 500A/Germ 501A: Love, Adventure and Catastrophe
Credits: 3
Winter 2018 Session | Term 1
Instructor: Gaby Pailer
Day and Time: Monday, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: BUCH D214

Course description:
This course introduces students to the tools, practices and methods of literary studies, and gives an historical overview of the genesis and development of research and theory in Germanic Studies, from philosophical Idealism, and the age of Classicism/Romanticism to the present, referring back to genre discourses of the early modern "love and adventure-novel" and "novella" and sample material. The first part will focus on Heinrich von Kleist's novella Das Erdbeben in Chili (1810) revaluating an aray of model analyses, from hermeneutic, structuralist, socio-historical, discourse analysis, environmental humanities etc. perspectives. In the second part, we'll turn to two stories of Boccaccio's Decameron in the early modern rendering of Heinrich Steinhöwel: the "Alatiel"-story (II.7) and theand~ "Falcon"-story (V.9). Thirdly, we'll read a Renaissance rendering of the saga of "Königin Sibille", related by Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrücken, by comparison with ancient Spanish and middle French versions.

Course readings include:

Heinrich von Kleist. "Das Erdbeben in Chili". Sämtliche Werke und Briefe, Darmstadt, 9th ed. 1993. Bd. 2, 144-159 and 902-904 (Kommentar).

Heinrich Steinhöwel. Dekameron, ed. Adelbert von Keller, Stuttgart 1860 (stories II.7 and V.9).

Der Roman von der Königin Sibille in drei Prosafassungen des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts. Mit Benutzung der nachgelassenen Materialien von Fritz Burg, ed. Hermann Tiemann, Hamburg 1977.

David E. Wellbery, ed. Positionen der Literaturwissenschaft. Acht Modellanalysen am Beispiel von Kleists Das Erdeben in Chili, 3rd ed., München 1993.

Gerhard Lauer; Thorsten Unger (eds.). Das Erdbeben von Lissabon und der Katastrophendiskurs im 18. Jahrhundert, Göttingen 2008.

Wolfgang Haubrichs; Hans-Walter Herrmann (eds.): Zwischen Deutschland und Frankreich. Elisabeth von Lothringen, Gräfin von Nassau-Saarbrücken. Hg. von Wolfgang Haubrichs und Hans-Walter Herrmann unter Mitarbeit von Gerhard Sauder, St. Ingbert 2002.

Hans-Jürgen Bachorski: "grosse vngelücke und vnsälige widerwertigkeit und doch ein guotes seliges ende. Narrative Strukturen und ideologische Probleme des Liebes- und Reiseromans in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit." Fremderfahrung in Texten des Spätmittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit, ed. Günter Berger/Stephan Kohl, Trier 1993, 59-86.

Michail M. Bachtin. Formen der Zeit im Roman. Untersuchungen zur historischen Poetik, ed. Edward Kowalski und Michael Wegner. Aus dem Russischen von Michael Dewey, Frankfurt a. M. 1989.

Jutta Eming. Emotion und Expression. Untersuchungen zu deutschen und französischen Liebes- und Abenteuerromanen des 12. bis 16. Jahrhunderts, Berlin, New York 2006.

Werner Röcke. "Höfische und unhöfische Minne- und Abenteuerromane." Epische Stoffe des Mittelalters, eds. Volker Mertens/Ulrich Müller, Stuttgart 1984, 395-423.


Please consult the graduate handbook (MA or PhD) for instructions on how to enrol in GERM 547.