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GM4072   German Classicism

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

Whether it is in authors like Goethe and Schiller, or works like Iphigenie, and Maria Stuart, or concepts like 'Bildung', the cultural legacy of the short period of 'Weimar Classicism in Germany and Europe is undeniable and omnipresent. This module assesses the scope of this literary achievement and what lay behind it. The focus of the module will be on the close analysis of a range dramatic and poetic texts (such as Tasso, Tell, and H¸lderlin's odes) studied in their intellectual and biographical contexts. In reading the 'classics' of German literature, we will be asking, what makes a 'classic'? Why did Germany feel it had to have a classical age at the end of the eighteenth-century? And what is specific about German Classicism in the context of other European 'Classicisms'?

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 18 seminars of 1 hour, usually twice weekly.

Scheduled learning hours: 18

Guided independent study hours: 132

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

Personnel

Module teaching staff: Dr M White