GERMAN 407 - Museums and Literature
Winter 2019, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures


Advisory Prerequisites:
MUSEUMS 301 or German major/minor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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This course develops historical and theoretical perspectives for understanding the intersections of post-Enlightenment European literature and museum culture. By probing the specific ways literary texts and exhibitions organize and arrange objects to tell a culture's stories, the course works to understand what museums and literature also have in common and how modern literature (novels and poems) and public museum are driven by similar cultural forces. Authors include: JW Goethe, Gustave Flaubert, Tommaso Campanella, William Carlos Williams, Rainer Maria Rilke, Peter Weiss, WG Sebald, Olga Tokarczuk. Close study of Schinkel's Altes Museum, Klenze's Alte Pinakothek, Berlin's Pergamon Museum, the Louvre; history museum in Paris, Caen, Rouen; contemporary museum installations and issues. This course can be taken for graduate credit. Graduate students will be expected to contribute a short report in class on a topic of their choosing as well as write a longer research paper. Category for Concentration Distributions: A. Europe 3. Early Modern 4. Modern and Contemporary Textbooks/Other Materials: J.W. Goethe. Elective Affinities. ISBN: 0192837761 Gustave Flaubert. Bouvard and Pecuchet. ISBN: 1564783936 Peter Weiss. The Aesthetics of Resistance. ISBN: 0822335468 W.G. Sebald. Austerlitz. ISBN: 0812982614

Course Requirements:

Class Participations; Homework Assignments: Short Paper: Research Paper

Intended Audience:

Museum Studies minors; German Studies majors and minors

Class Format:



GERMAN 407 - Museums and Literature
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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