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GE905 - Reading Contemporary German Diasporic Writing

  • Module code: GE905
  • Module name: Reading Contemporary German Diasporic Writing
  • Department: German Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Hardly a day passes without news items about Germany’s migrant communities. But how do migrant and postmigrant writers themselves represent the experience of diaspora, of traumatic dislocation from a ‘homeland’ and of settlement? In this module we will read a range of important and fascinating texts (novels, short stories, poems, essays, articles) which examine this process from migration to some form of integration (or, indeed, non-integration!).

Principal learning outcomes

"The aims of the module are to: gain an overview of the development of German-language diasporic writing from the guest worker literature of the late 1970s to the writing of migrants and postmigrants in the present day; consider a range of literary forms, including novels, short stories, poetry, essays and journalism, applying appropriate analytical concepts and techniques to each genre; achieve familiarity with a range of theoretical approaches to the study of diasporic writing (e.g. Orientalism, cultural identity studies, postcolonialism) and be aware of current developments in thinking, differentiating critically between approaches to diasporic writing. analyse the nature and function of literary representations of the diasporic experience; reach an appreciation of diasporic writing/culture as part of a range of social processes constituting the development of Germany as a multicultural society."

Timetabled teaching activities

lectures & seminars (2 hrs/week)

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Other essential notes

places subject to availability - please contact module convenor

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: GE905-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessment 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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