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Seminar: Literature and Culture

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Instructor:

Bertrand Schütz

Course Format:

4 Hours seminar

Period:

Summer and Winter Semester

Language:

German

Recommended Previous Knowledge:

interest in intercultural dialogue

Contents:

see German version for the themes of this term

The seminar 'literature and culture' investigates the possible meaning and scope of what is called European and especially German culture. The study of literary texts entails an encounter with the experiences they mirror and the blueprints for alternatives they might suggest. A hermeneutic approach requires the interpreter’s awareness of his presuppositions – personal as well as cultural – and calls for consideration of their broader context. The dynamics of dialogue is thereby initiated.

A topography of our contemporary world in Germany and Europe is to be sketched by highlighting its historical and cultural premises.



Culture is to be understood as the creative response to a given situation and the capacity to integrate inputs and influences, therefore as an ongoing process of permanent readjustment and learning, and by no means as a fixed identity in terms of an “essence”.

Exhibitions, stage performances, films as well as the organization of conferences and round table discussions aim at realizing the campus' potential as space of cultural encounters.

The contribution of participants from different cultures is encouraged in order to initiate authentic exchanges. 

 

Learning Outcomes:

 

Knowledge:

- Knowledge of major texts and works in German language

- Relevant contexts for a hermeneutic approach to texts

- Developments in the history of ideas and culture and its bearings on the world we live in.

- Artistic and especially literary work as fields of interaction with today's challenges and exigencies; comparable endeavours in other disciplines.
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The provisional nature of understanding

- Conditions for an authentic dialogue.

 

Skills:

- critical discussion of works relevant to the humanities studies, especially literary texts.

- development of an adequate hermeneutic approach corresponding to the subject dealt with.

- to place the objects of study into larger historical and cultural contexts

- to develop an understanding for the specific approaches of other disciplines

- to pursue the initiated proces of understanding

- to engage in an authentic dialogue

 

Personal competences

Social competence:

- Fostering dialogue processes with heigthened awarenes of one's own premises in order not to "colonize" the other.

Self reliance:

- Implementation and deepening of the acquired skills in further activities and realms of action.

 

 

Reading Resources:

 

Christoph Hein

DAS GOLDENE VLIES

in:VOR DER ZEIT

Berlin 2013

sowie weitere Erzählungen dieses Autors

 

Robert Musil

DIE AMSEL

BILDER

Reclam Nr. 8526

 

ders.

DAS HILFLOSE EUROPA ODER DIE REISE VOM HUNDERTSTEN INS TAUSENDSTE 

in: ders. Gesammelte Werke 8, Essays und Reden S. 1075 ff.

Hamburg 1978

 

Christian Meier

DAS GEBOT ZU VERGESSEN UND DIE UNABWEISBARKEIT DES ERINNERNS

 - Vom öffentlichen Umgag mit schlimmer Vergangenheit

München 2010

 

Aleida Assmann

TO REMEMBER OR TO FORGET -

WHICH WAY OUT OF A SHARED HISTORY OF VIOLENCE?

in: Memory and political change

ed. Aleida Assmann, Linda Short

Palgrave Macmillan 2012

 

Performance Record:

presentation

Workload:

120 hours total

Further Information:

http://cgi.tu-harburg.de/~psvwel/de/literatur/kurs.html

Contact:

schuetz@tuhh.de

Credit points of this module can be found in the course plan for the corresponding course of study.

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