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Course Syllabus

College of Liberal Arts

Winona State University


Fall 1999


Department: Foreign Languages Course Title: Survey of German

Literature:Medieval to Baroque

Course Number: 401 Frequency of Offering:Every two



Number of Credits: 3 Prerequisite:German 202 or



Instructor: Dr. Lilian Ramos Office Hours: MW 10-11

TR 10:30-11:30 or by



Office:Somsen 319F Voice Mail:(507)457-5168 Grading: Grade only


Course applies to: German language majors and minors, including German teaching majors and minors and satisfies the University Studies Writing Flag.

This course incorporates learning activities that enhance students’ abilities to…

    1. Practice the processes and procedures for creating and completing
    2. successful writing in their field.

    3. Understand the main features and uses of writing in their fields.
    4. Adapt writing to the general expectations of readers in their field
    5. Make use of the technologies commonly used for research and writing
    6. in their fields.

    7. Learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in

their fields.

Course Description:

  1. Catalog description

  3. Statement of the major focus and objectives of the course

This course presents a core body of knowledge with regard to the history of German literature from the Medieval to the Baroque periods. A major focus of the course will be to prepare students to develop competencies as outlined in the following Minnesota Standards of Effective Teaching Practice for Beginning Teachers: Standard 1. Subject Matter.


Students in German 401 will:

    1. gain insight into the major works of German literature from its beginnings to the 17th century
    2. understand the main concepts of such literary periods as the pre-Christian era, the monastic period, the flowering of the Middle Ages, the age of the burgher and Reformation and Baroque periods
    3. demonstrate through classroom discussions, oral presentations, a research paper and examinations a good understanding of the primary themes of the assigned readings

d. increase vocabulary and grammar skills through readings, presentations and written



  1. Basic instructional plan and teaching methods utilized
    1. classroom discussion of readings
    2. lecture/questioning; media presentations
    3. collaborative learning activities


  1. Course requirements
    1. Assigned readings
    2. Active participation in classroom discussions
    3. Research paper of 5/6 pages with footnotes and bibliography (written in German)
    4. One oral presentation of a poem
    5. One oral presentation of summary of research paper
    6. Attendance at every class session


  1. Methods of evaluation
    1. 3 examinations (30%)
    2. Research paper (20%)
    3. Participation in and preparedness for class discussions (30%)
    4. 2 Oral presentations (20%)
  1. Attendance and grading policies
  2. Active involvement and attendance at every class session in the course is essential to successful course completion. Unexcused absences will definitely result in a lowering of the final grade average. Excused absences consist of university-sponsored functions, illnesses and emergencies and proper notification must be made in those events. Absences do not excuse you from work missed. It is your responsibility to inform yourself of any work that is due.

    The following guide will serve as a general frame of reference with regard to letter grades:

    A Excellent (90-100%)

    This reflects superior performance and is reserved for students who demonstrate a distinct familiarity with the material.

    B Very Good (80-89%)

    This indicates performance which exceeds expectations and shows particular strength in some aspects of the material. Students generally have a fairly solid grasp of the material and can show it.

    C Satisfactory (70-79%)

    This grade reveals that the basic expectations for the work have been met and that performance is satisfactory. Students receiving a C-range grade have only a basic familiarity with the material and a rudimentary ability to apply it.


    D Poor (60-69%)

    This grade reflects that students met minimal standards with regard to assigned coursework.

    E Failure

    This grade reflects that students did not meet even minimal standards with regard to assigned work.


  3. Texte
  4. Nürnberger, Helmuth (1995) Geschichte der deutschen Literatur. (24thedition)

    München: Bayerischer Schulbuch-Verlag

    Vivian, Kim; Tobin, Frank; and Lawson, Richard H.; (1998) Anthology of German Literature VoI. I: Vom Fruehen Mittelalter bis zum Sturm und Drang . Prospect Heights: Waveland Press

  5. Kursplan

24. August Einführung/Sprachentwicklung/die germanische Vorzeit

Aufgabe: (Nürnberger, S. 7-11), (Anthology, S. 2-11)


26. August Germanische Vorzeit, die Geistlichendichtung

Aufgabe: (Nürnberger, S. 12-19), (Anthology, S. 12-35)


31. August Geistlichendichtung, Buss- und Heilsdichtung

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 20-22), (Anth. S. 36-60)


02. Sept. Buss- und Heilsdichtung, Weltliche Dichtung und die Blütezeit des hohen Mittelalters

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 23-27), (Anth. S. 69-117)


07. Sept. die Blütezeit des hohen Mittelalters: Hartmann von Aue

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 27-28), (Anth. S.160-182)


09. Sept. die Blütezeit: Wolfram von Eschenbach

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 28-29), (Anth. S. 183-204)


14. Sept. die Blütezeit: Gottfried von Strassburg

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 30-36), (Anth. S. 216-248)


16. Sept. Mittelalterliche Lyrik: Minnesang, Vagantenlieder, höfische Dorfpoesie


21. Sept. Mittelalterliche Lyrik, Referat

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S.36-40), (Anth. S. 119-159)


23. Sept. Referat, das Heldenepos: Das Nibelungenlied


28. Sept. Das Nibelungenlied, der Stricker, Meier Helmbrecht, Wiederholung


30. Sept. 1. Prüfung

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 41-45), (Anth. S. 264-277)


05. Oktober das späte Mittelalter: Mystik und Scholastik

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 45-46), (Anth. S. 278-285, 290-300)


07. Oktober Seuse, Der Ackermann aus Böhmen

Aufgabe: (S. 46-47), (Anth. S. 324-326)


12. Oktober Passionsspiel vs. Fastnachtspiel, die Volksbücher


Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 47.49), (Anth. S. 302-312)


14. Oktober Oswald von Wolkenstein, Volkslieder, Meistersang, Referat

(Aufgabe: Nürn. S. 50-55), (Anth. S. 327-328, 367-375))


19. Oktober Referat, Renaissance, Humanismus, Ulrich von Hutten, Volksbuch

(Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 56-58), (Anth. S. 329-335)


21. Oktober Reformation: Martin Luther

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 58-60), ((Anth. S. 61-65, 313-323)


26. Oktober Schwank und Satire, Sebastian Brant


Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 61-63), (Anth. S. 346-356)


28. Oktober Hans Sachs


02. Nov. 2. Prüfung

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 65-68), (Anth. S. 384-387, 424-26)


04. Nov. Barock: Martin Opitz

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 68-71), (Anth. S. 439-444)


09. Nov. Gryphius, Referat

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 71-77), (Anth. S. 449-450, 427-428,432-435)


11. Nov. Barock Lyrik, Referat

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 71-77), (Anth. S. 436-38, 445-448)


16. Nov. Barock Lyrik

Aufgabe: (Nürn. S. 77-81), (Anth. S. 399-410)


18. Nov. Der Barockroman: Grimmelshausen

1. Ausgabe der Arbeit fällig (First draft of paper due)


30. Nov. 3. Prüfung fällig (take-home exam due)


02. Dez. Referate (Letzte Klassensitzung)