Approved by Faculty Senate.



Course Syllabus

College of Liberal Arts

Winona State University

Spring 2002

Department:Foreign Languages Course Title: 18th and 19th

Century Literature

Course Number: German 402 Frequency of Offering: Every 2


Number of Credits: 3 Prerequisite: German 202 or


Instructor: Dr.Lilian Ramos Office Hours: MW 9-10

TR 8:30-9:30 or

By appointment

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

E-mail: 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 fields.
    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.



Texts: Anthology of German Literature, Volume I, Waveland Press.

Anthology of German Literature, Volume II, Waveland Press.

Geschichte der deutschen Literature, von Helmuth Nürnberger, Bayrischer Schulbuch-Verlag, 1995.

Deutsche Gedichte, edited by Echtermeyer and von Wiese. (Strongly recommended)

Course Description:

  1. Catalog description
  2. A survey of representative works by major authors in various genres from the Enlightenment through Symbolism and Naturalism (late 19th century). Classwork focuses on the close reading

    and critical discussion of texts in their literary and cultural contexts.

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

This course presents a core body of knowledge of 18th and 19th century German literature. Representative works of such genres as poetry, drama, and the Novelle that represent major authors and movements of the 18th and 19th centuries will be read and discussed. A major focus of the course will be to prepare students to develop competencies as outlined in the Minnesota Standards of Effective Teaching Practice for Beginning Teachers as reflected in Standard I. Subject Matter.


Students in German 402 will:

    1. gain insight into majors authors and works from representative movements and genres of the 19th century.

b. acquire a thorough understanding of literary periods of the 18th and 19th centuries such as

the Enlightenment (Aufklärung), Sturm und Drang, Romantik, Biedermeier, Bürgerlicher

Realismus,and Naturalismus.

    1. demonstrate through classroom discussions, presentations, short papers and exams a good understanding of the primary themes of the assigned readings.
    2. enhance vocabulary and grammar skills through readings, presentations, and written work.
  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. a. Assigned readings
  2. b. Active participation in classroom discussions
  3. c. 1 oral report (Referat)

  4. d. Midterm and Oral Examinations
  1. Attendance and grading
  2. Active involvement and punctual attendance at every class session is essential to successful course completion. Participation and preparedness will be evaluated for each class period. Unexcused absences will result in a lowering of 2% of the final grade average for each class missed. Excused absences consist of university-sponsored functions, illnesses and emergencies. 48 hour notice prior to or following such absences must be given but absences do not excuse you from work missed. It is your responsibility to inform yourself of any work that is due. Late assignments will not be accepted except when proper notification of an excused absence has been made.

    The final grade will be comprised of the following elements:

    Preparedness for class discussion 40%

    Oral report 15%

    Midterm exam (Feb. 28) 15%

    Final exam (May 1) 15 %

    Term paper 15%

    Since the primary emphasis of the course emphasizes reading of assigned texts, failure to be consistently prepared for classroom discussion will seriously affect good performance. Oral reports should be no longer than 15-20 minutes in length and should not be read but presented in a natural fashion; however, an outline of the report should be submitted to the class. Topics must be approved by the instructor. Possible topics are: the critical analysis of a poem, discussion of an author, literary movement, comparison of two works based on similarities and differences of themes, etc. Referate should be presented in as natural a fashion as possible. Note cards may only be used to jog the memory about facts and figures. Referate will be graded on organization, content and manner of presentation. Topics should be selected no later that Jan. 24.

    The topics for the term paper (Arbeit) must also be approved by the instructor and may be related in theme to that of the Referat. The Arbeit be evaluated on organization, content/style and grammatical accuracy. The following deadlines will be strictly observed. Failure to comply will result in a lowering of the grade for each late day by 5%.

    Selection of topic (Jan. 24)

    Submission of outline (March 14)

    Submission of rough draft (April 9)

    Final draft due (April 25)

    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 o the material and can show it.

    C. Satisfactory (70-79%)

    This grade reveals that the basic expectations for the coursework 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 have met minimal standards regarding assigned coursework.

    E. Failure

    This grade reveals that students did not meet even minimal standards in the course.

  3. Kursplan (tentative)

08. Januar Einführung/Aufklärung/Johann Christoph Gottsched

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S. 82-95)

Anthology I (S. 459-549)

15. 01. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing/Emilia Galotti

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S. 95-100)

Anthology I (S. 550-2, 560-2, )


17.01. Emilia Galotti, Rokokodichtung

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S. 100-108)

Anthology I: (592-652, 661-9, 693)


22.01. Sturm nd Drang/Göttinger Hain/Empfindsamkeit/Die Soldaten


24.01. Jakob Lenz: Die Soldaten

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S.109-117)

Anthology I: (S.569-572, 670-73, 678-82)



29.01. Der junge Goethe

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S. 118-131)

Anthology II: (S. 86-90)

    1. . Goethe in Weimar und der alte Goethe

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S.131-141)

Anthology I: (S. 695-6)

Anthology II: (S.91-2)


    1. . Friedrich Schiller

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S. 141-145)

Anthology II: (S.93-6)

07.02. Friedrich Hölderlin

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S. 146-155)

Anthology II: (S.132-134)


12.02. Assessment Day/Kein Unterricht

    1. Heinrich von Kleist (Das Bettelweib von Locarno),Jean Paul, Johann Peter Hebel

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S.156-164)

Anthology II: (S.103-18, 127-131)

    1. Frühromantik:Friedrich Schlegel, Ludwig Tieck (Der blonde Eckbert),Novalis

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S.165-172)

Anthology II: (S. 210-13, 218,222,226-28)

    1. Heidelberger und späte Romantik
    1. Romantik/Wiederholung/Film

28.02. Zwischenprüfung (Midterm Exam)


Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S.176-192)

Anthology II (S. 347.375)

12.03. Biedermeier: Adalabert Stifter (Granit)

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S.193-8)

Anthology II (S. 419-22, 432-3)

14.03. Biedermeier:Annette von Droste-Hülshoff/Mörike

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S.199-205)

Anthology II: (S.233-68)


19.03. Junges Deutschland und Vormärz:Georg Büchner (Wozyeck)

Aufgabe: Anthology: (S.333-8)

21.03. Junges Deutschland: Heinrich Heine

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S.206-210)

Anthology II: (S.437-96)

26.03. Bürgerlicher Realismus: Friedrich Hebbel (Maria Magdalena)

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S.210-215)

Anthology II: (S.497-509)

28.03. Bürgerlicher Realismus:Gottfried Keller (Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe)

Aufgabe: Anthology II: (S. 509-543)

02.04. Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe

Aufgabe: Anthology II: (S.544-57)

04.04. Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S. 215-220)

Anthology II: (S. 565-70)

09.04. Bürgerlicher Realismus: Meyer und Storm

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S. 220-232)


    1. Wilhelm Busch, Theodor Fontane, usw.


16.04. Dorf und Heimatdichtung

Aufgabe: Nürnberger (S.235-41)

Anthology II: (S.602-75)

18.04. Naturalism: Arno Holz (Johannes Schlaf)

Aufgabe: Anthology II: (S.676-80)

Johannes Schlaf, , Detlev von Lilienkron

Aufgabe: Anthology II: (S.684-91)

23.04. Arno Holz, Karl Henckell, Paul Ernst

25.04. Wiederholung