Literature 1: literature and politics

Course Code :2001FLWTLD
Study domain:Literature
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:German
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Arvi Sepp

3. Course contents *

In this course, the literature and cultural politics under the Third Reich and the communist regime of the GDR will be investigated from an interdisciplinary point of view. Literature played an important ideological role to legitimate these dictatorial regimes. In concrete textual analyses, the structure, themes, and discourses in Nazi- and orthodox communist literature will be focused upon. Also, literature from the ‘Inner Emigration’ during National-Socialism (e.g. Ernst Jünger, Erich Kästner) and oppositional literature in the GDR en (e.g. Wolf Biermann) will be treated. On a theoretical level, referring to Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Georg Lukács, we will try to find an answer to complex questions such as: How can the relation between literature and politics be defined? What role can literature play in society? What exactly is ‘literary’ about literature?