GERMAN 407 - Museums and Literature
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
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.
Primary Instructor:

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
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0812982614
Austerlitz, Author: W.G. Sebald ; translated by Anthea Bell ; introduction by James Wood., Publisher: Modern Library 2011 Moder 2011
ISBN: 1564783936
Bouvard and Pecuchet : the last novel of Gustave Flaubert, Author: in a new translation from the French & with an introduction by Mark Polizzotti ; and featuring a preface by Raymond Queneau., Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press 1st Dalkey 2005
ISBN: 0192837761
Elective affinities : a novel, Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ; translated with an introduction and notes by David Constantine., Publisher: Oxford University Press Reissue. 1999
ISBN: 0822335468
The aesthetics of resistance., Author: Peter Weiss ; translated by Joachim Neugroschel ; with a foreword by Fredric Jameson & a glossary by Robert Cohen., Publisher: Duke University Press 2005
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