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GM4071 Shakespeare: The German Catalyst

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:12.00 noon Mon and 11.00 am Wed.

This module traces the unique story of Shakespeare's role in German literary and cultural life from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Shakespeare is the external point of reference for Enlightenment debate, the iconoclastic example for irreverent "Stümer und Dränger". Through the mature criticism and translation of the Classical-Romantic age, Shakespeare achieved national status as a symbol of the German spirit and this role was secured in 1864 with the founding of the world's oldest Shakespeare Society - in Weimar! Students will follow this evolving reception through a range of genres, such as critical essays, plays, and German Shakespeare translations. Authors include Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Schlegel and Fontane, among others.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Single and Joint Honours German

UG Pre-requisite(s):Permission of the German Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 seminars and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 18
  • Guided independent study: 132

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr M White
Module teaching staff:Dr M White