Course module - European Writing and the Third Reich
Code : ENGL32081 Credit rating: 20 Semester : 1
- To increase students’ knowledge and awareness of the uses of form within a specific literary historical context;
- To broaden and deepen students’ critical and theoretical skills in reading and understanding complex texts;
- To strengthen students’ analytical ability to construct a literary argument using textual evidence.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
By the end of this course students will be able to:
- Acquire a deeper knowledge of the history of European literature in the twentieth and early twenty-first century and a theoretical awareness of the literary practices involved in re-imagining that history in literary texts;
- Improve their ability to mount a cogent argument using evidence and to present a persuasive case with rhetorical force;
- Improve both the oral presentation skills and the quality of students’ written prose.
One 3,000-word essay (50%); one 2-hour unseen written examination (50%)
The use of dictionaries in the examination is prohibited. This rule applies to all categories of students, including all Visiting Students.
THIS COURSE IS NOT AVAILABLE AS FREE-CHOICE
COURSE OUTLINE AND SET TEXTS
Texts : Thomas Mann ‘Mario and the Magician’ (1929) Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter and Peter Gay My German Question: Growing up in Nazi Berlin (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998).
Further Reading: Sections from Albert Speer Inside the Third Reich (1970) Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston (London: Phoenix, 1995, reissued 2003).
2. Katharine Burdekin Swastika Night (1937) The Feminist Press USA edition.
3. Christopher Isherwood Goodbye to Berlin (1939)
4. Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl (First version Het Achterhuis, published 1947) This edition by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler, Translated from Dutch by Susan Masotty. The Definitive Edition (London: Penguin Books, 2007)
(Selected) Paul Celan Poems translated by Michael Hamburger 3rd Edition (London: Anvil, 2007) Including Michael Hamburger’s Essay ‘On translating Paul Celan’.
5. Hans Fallada Alone in Berlin (1947) (Original edition Jeder stirbt für sich allein, 1947) Translated from German by Michael Hofman (London: Penguin Books, 2009).
6. Irène Némirovsky Suite Française Written in French 1942, first French edition published (Paris: Denoël, 2004) Translation details to follow.
7. Primo Levi If Not Now, When? (Original edition Se Non Ora, Quando? 1982) Translated from Italian by William Weaver (London: Abacus, 1987).
8. Anon A Woman in Berlin: Diary 20 April 1945 to 22nd June 1945 (first published in English, New York, 1954, present revised edition Eine Frau in Berlin, published in German 2003, first British publication, translated by Philip Boehm (London :Virago, 2005) Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize, 2006.
9. Philip K. Dick The Man in the High Castle (1962) Robert Harris Fatherland (1992, London: Arrow Books, 1993, reissue 2009)
10. Jenny Erpenbeck Visitation (original edition Heimsuchung Eichborn Verlag, 2008) Translated from German by Susan Bernofsky (Portobello Books, 2010)
11. Owen Sheers Resistance (London: Faber and Faber, 2007)
Duncker, Professor Patricia
PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE FOR 2012/2013
Seminar: Wednesday, 10.00-1.00
One 1-hour lecture, plus one 2-hour seminar per week.
Anderson, Linda, Women and Autobiography in the Twentieth Century: Remembered Futures (Hemel Hempsead, 1997)
Anderson, Linda et al., Women’s Lives / Women’s Times: New Essays on Auto/Biography (State University of New York, 1997)
Anderson, Linda, Autobiography New Critical Idiom Series (London: Routledge, 2001)
Benstock, Shari Ed., The Private Self: Theory and Practice of Women's Autobiographical Writings (Routledge, 1988)
Brodzki, Bella & Schenck, Celeste Eds., Life/Lines : Theorizing Women’s Autobiography (Ithaca NY : Cornell University Press, 1988)
Dobson, Miriam and Ziemann, Benjamin, Reading Primary Sources: The Interpretation of Texts from 19th and 20th century history (Routledge, 2009)
Evans, Mary, Missing Persons: The Impossibility of Auto/ biography (Routledge, 1999)
Freeman, Mark, Re-writing the Self: History, Memory, Narrative (Routledge, 1993)
Friedlander, Saul Ed., Probing the Limits of Representation: Nazism and the ‘Final Solution’ ( Harvard University Press, 1992)
Heilbrun, Carolyn G. Writing a Woman's Life (The Women's Press, 1989)
Kershaw, Ian Hitler 2 vols (Harmondsworth: Penguin Press, Allen Lane, 1998)
King, Nicola Memory, Narrative, Identity: Remembering the Self (Edinburgh University Press, 2000)
Kuhn, Annette, Family Secrets : Acts of Memory and Imagination ( Verso, 1995)
Lee, Hermoine, Body Parts: Essays on Life Writing (Chatto & Windus, 2005)
Mosse, George L., ‘ Towards a General Theory of Fascism’ in George L. Mosse Ed. International Fascism: New Thoughts and New Approaches (London, 1979), pp. 1-44.
______. Masses and Man: Nationalist and Fascist Perceptions of Reality (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1987) The essay ‘Towards a General Theory of Fascism’ is reprinted in this collection.
Prose, Francine Anne Frank: the Book, the Life, the Afterlife, USA, 2009 (London: Atlantic Books, 2010)
Radstone, Susannah ‘Trauma Theory: Contexts, politics, Ethics’ Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory 30:1 (March, 2007)
Smith, Sidonie and J.Watson, Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (Minneapolis; University of Minnesota Press, 2001)
Spence, Donald, Narrative Truth and Historical Truth (Norton: New York, 1982)
Steedman, Carolyn, Past Tenses: Essays on writing, autobiography and history (Rivers Oram Press, 1992)