Monthly Archives: February 2012

GN 265: Essay #1 (Fontane, Schnitzler, Mann)

Choose one of the following topics and write an 800-1000 word essay. All essays should be fundamentally “analytic” for this assignment: the task is to ‘take apart’ or ‘break down’ larger texts or passages and use the ‘parts’ to support a larger argument.

Due: Abstract – March 1 [1 paragraph; submitted below as comments to this story]; Essay – March 8
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Three-Part Essays and Arguments: A Brief Discussion and Taxonomy

Abstract: I once had my students prepare short (5—7 minutes) Referate on topics of German culture; for the sake of simplicity and cohesiveness I am had them prepare tripartite arguments, the outline to which I provide below and present as … Continue reading

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“Death in Venice” and the Secondary Literature

Assignment: Find three works of secondary literature on Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice or on Mann (writer, other works). Articles found via JSTOR or similar are fair game; as are books with sections/chapters on Mann/Death in Venice. List your three … Continue reading

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Fräulein Else #1

Today (Feb. 2, 2012) we begin discussion of Arthur Schnitzler’s novella “Fräulein Else,” and also talk a bit about Dorit Cohen’s book Transparent Minds. What I would like to collect below are ‘first impressions’ of Schnitzler’s story.

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