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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: German Studies

Violence in German Literature, Film and Visual Art

Academic year 2018-2019

This module explores how individual and collective notions of violence are shaped and redefined by literature, film, and visual art over several periods of German cultural history. The course will focus on such topics as warfare, terrorism, familial power structures, domestic abuse, violence and the issue of corporeality in modernity, traumatic experience, memory and commemoration of conflict and aggression as part of a broader consideration of violence and aesthetics. Treatment of the theme will include analyses of aesthetic representations of violence and will explore past and present theories of violence.

Films/texts likely to be studied in 2018-19 include:

Georg Büchner, Woyzeck

Arthur Schnitzler, Freiwild

Dea Loher, Blaubart. Hoffnung der Frauen

Roland Schimmelpfennig. Die Frau von frühe

  • Theodor Fontane: Effi Briest, Stuttgart 2008 (Reclam)
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Effi Briest
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Martha
  • Michael Haneke: Bennys Video
  • Michael Haneke: Das weiße Band


Dr Benjamin Schaper, Room A14, Elvet Riverside I

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment