Goethe Hafi Denkmal Weimar

Dr. Rasma Lazda

Fall 2018
GN 576

Interkulturelle Literatur

Last update: 08/28/18

T 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, 245B BB Comer

Office hours:
T 9:30 am - 10:30 am; R 8:30 am - 10:00 am, and by appointment.

Office: 220 B.B. Comer Hall; Phone: 348-6954

Course webpage:


Course wiki:

PBWorks Interkulturelle Literatur


Rafik Schami, Ausgewählte Erzählungen
Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn*
Jakob Arjouni, Happy birthday, Türke!*
Feridun Zaimoglu, Kanak Sprak, Koppstoff
Zafer Senocak, Gefährliche Verwandtschaft
Zehra Cirak, May Ayim, Gedichte
Herta Müller, Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet*
Wladimir Kaminer, Russendisko*
Olga Grjasnowa, Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt*
Abbas Khider, Ohrfeige*
Fatma Aydemir, Ellbogen*
* buy book, other texts will be made available
AND one additional author / text of your choice
online book store
Films you will watch:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Angst essen Seele auf
Dani Levy, Alles auf Zucker!
Fatih Akin, Gegen die Wand
Fatih Akin, Auf der anderen Seite
Feo Aladag, Die Fremde
Additional texts:
Jenny Erpenbeck, Gehen, ging, gegangen
Yadé Kara, Selam Berlin
Katja Petrowskaja, Vielleicht Esther
Saša Štanišic, Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert
Yoko Tawada, Das nackte Auge (oder anderer Text)
Ilija Trojanow, Der Weltensammler

ODER ein anderer Text Ihrer eigenen Wahl (nach Absprache)


Herrlich ist der Orient

übers Mittelmeer gedrungen

Nur wer Hafis liebt und kennt,

weiß was Calderon gesungen.

Wer sich selbst und andre kennt

Wird auch hier erkennen

Orient und Okzident

sind nicht mehr zu trennen.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, West-östlicher Divan (1819, 1827)

World literature or Weltliteratur as Goethe understood it looks beyond the national scope of literature. In North America the term was traditionally understood as the study of great works of European literature, as part of a cultural canon of works every well-educated individual should be familiar with. Goethe himself was inspired by his study of the Persian writer Hafi while working on his largest collection of poetry, the West-Eastern Divan or West-östlicher Divan, and looking beyond European literature. Writers who lived and experienced more than one culture and language, such as Adelbert von Chamisso or Paul Celan have been part of the German literary tradition. Intercultural literature today negotiates questions of belongings, identities, and borders within a new language, an extension of an earlier cultural memory in another language. With that intercultural literature does not simply reflect a different cultural point of view, but rather creates a new language, a discourse of negotiation of place and space beyond the national.
This course takes a closer look at the intercultural literature in Germany in the last decades. How is the phenomenon addressed? How does the terminology change? What is the socio-political background for the emergence of this literature? Who are the authors, and how do they contribute to the discourse on language, culture, and what it means to be German today?


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
-Recognize and identify key concepts of intercultural literature
Recognize and identify authors of German intercultural literature
-Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
-Collaborate and perform effectively in team activities


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
-Identify significant works in German from various periods relating to aspects of intercultural encounter in literature and film
-Discuss theoretical writings on aspects of intercultural, multicultural encounter and and how attitudes have changed throughout time.

-Demonstrate knowledge of the social and political background of Germany from the early 1960 to today 
-Prepare a bibliography and compose a convincing essay (MLA style)
-Demonstrate their German language skills by expanding vocabulary through the reading of higher level German texts.

A variety of tools will help me to assess your progress in this course: from short pop quizzes, response papers, a book review, bibliography, a Power Point Presentation, and a research paper with a literary analysis, to a final exam, with a short answer section and an essay question, all in German, will provide feedback on your performance in this class. Since I am using a grading software, students will have the opportunity to keep track of their progress from week to week.


  2 Sitzungsprotokolle


Oral presentation (Power Point Referat) 20%
Book review
Article reviews, response papers 20%
Essay (schriftliche Hausarbeit)



Prepare to read a lot for this course. You will also have to present a PowerPoint, and write a book review and an essay. All assignments listed on the syllabus are to be prepared for the day they are listed. You will probably spend about four to six hours work outside of class for each class session. This includes preparing reading and writing assignments.

*Power Point Presentation 
You will prepare a Power Point presentation of about 20 minutes in length including a handout for. For this Power Point Referat, you will present on a work (book or film) that you are not reading in class. You will also prepare your book review on that same work.

You will be evaluated on handout, content, grammatical accuracy, delivery, and the presentation overall.
Hints for your presentation:
*Be ready to talk for at least 20 minutes, run a test presentation in order to prepare for your actual Referat.
*You may not just read from the slides.
*Slides should be a backdrop for your presentation.
*Make use of photos, illustrations, maps etc. in your slides, but do not overdo it. Refrain from sound effects or other distracting features.
*Make sure that your presentation does not contain any spelling or grammatical errors.
*Make sure that your handouts contains all important information so it can serve all students in order to review for the final.

*Response Papers 
You will prepare a number of two- to three-page-response papers on the readings. Please submit your response papers to the course wiki, so that all class members have access to them.
Hints for a response paper:
*A response paper is not an academic paper.
*A response paper is not just a summary of what happened / of the main argument.
*A response paper is a reflection of your scholarly engagement with the text.
*A response paper
is not a personal reaction paper of what you felt and thought while reading the text.
*Think of the response paper as a review of a work in a scholarly journal.

*What points of view representative of the time can you detect in the text - what attitudes, values, concepts, and possibly belief systems do you recognize?
*What is your personal opinion on the argument made? Is it convincing? Why?
*How has this text possibly altered your own personal point of view regarding your initial reading of the text and your world view at large?

*Book Review 
You will write a review of one additional work that we do not read as a group.
Your choice of work has to be approved by me.
Your Power Point presentation, bibliography, and essay may be on the same work.
You should count on a minimum of two to three pages for this assignment (double-spaced, MLA style).
Please familiarize yourself how to write a review.

*Article Review 
You will write at least one review of a scholarly article / book chapter and present on tit briefly in class (no longer than 5 minutes). The reviews has to fit on ONE page. List on the top the bibliographical entry and make copies for all class members. Please familiarize yourself how to write a review. Consult an academic journal such as the German Quarterly. Please submit your article review also on the course wiki page.

You will prepare minutes for TWO class session. The minutes are due the following day (Wednesday) by noon at the latest. Please submit your minutes / Sitzungsprotokolle to the course wiki.
Why the early due date? Minutes are intended as a review tool. They are of no help to other students if they are posted too late. Minutes are prepared easiest and best by writing them directly after a session.

Your schriftliche Hausarbeit (essay) will be a research paper on at least one work dealing with our topic. You may also compare and contrast more than one work with each other. Please discuss your essay topic with me.

Your essay should be between 14-18 pages in length (MLA Style follow this link to view a sample heading and a works cited page, double spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font). You have to consult at least ten secondary sources (scholarly research articles / books). You may use internet pages as an additional source, but articles from newspapers or wikipedia are not scholarly research articles. Scholarly articles accessed by means of the library web page are valid secondary sources (research articles). If you are not sure, please check with me. Submit your final essay via email.

*Final exam
There will be NO final exam, rather regard your final essay as a cumulative learning experience for this course.

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It is university policy to provide, on a flexible and individualized basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have disabilities that may affect their ability to participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact me in the beginning of the semester to discuss their individual needs for accommodations. It is standard university procedure that instructors require from students with learning disabilities a letter requesting accommodations in compliance with the Office of Disability Services (ODS). If you have a disability, register with ODS. Instructors are not obligated to provide academic adjustments until they have received an RFA letter ("Request for Accommodations" letter). To request disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 348-4285. After initial arrangements are made with that office, contact your professor. This information refers to all courses at the university.

The primary university communication tool for sending out information is the UA web site. Students should consult this site as soon as they can in an emergency. Information on the course will be given through the E-learning shell in case of an emergency.


28. 8. Edward Said, Orientalism;
Hayden White, "At the Limits of the Concept;"
Karen S. Feldman, "Formal, Figural, and Historical: On the Limits of Argumentativity."

Library Session
Rafik Schami, Erzählungen

Jakob Arjouni, Happy birthday, Türke!
Watch BEFORE class:
Fassbinder, Angst essen Seele auf
11. 9. Ermine Sevgi Özdamar, Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn
18. 9. Watch BEFORE class:
Fatih Akin,
Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
Fatih Akin, Gegen die Wand (Head-On)
25. 9.  Feridun Zaimoglu, Kanak Sprak, Koppstoff
2. 10. Zafer Senocak, Gefährliche Verwandtschaft
9. 10. Zehra Cirak, Gedichte
Watch before class: Feo Aladag, Die Fremde (When we leave)
16. 10. Watch before class: Kurzfilm Schwarzfahrer
May Ayim, Gedichte
23. 10. Herta Müller, Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet
30. 10. Wladimir Kaminer, Russendisko
6. 11. Watch BEFORE class:
Dani Levy, Alles auf Zucker!
Olga Grjasnowa, Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt
13. 11. Olga Grjasnowa, Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt
20. 11. Abbas Khider, Ohrfeige
27. 11. Fatma Aydemir, Ellbogen
Fatma Aydemir, Ellbogen
 11 12 . Abgabetermin
Essay (schriftliche Hausarbeit)
Abgabe 11 Uhr per E-mail UND ausgedruckt (als Hardcopy) in mein Fach legen.
Sie können Ihre Arbeit natürlich auch früher einreichen.
(You may submit your materials via email IF you make personal arrangements with me and I approve it.)

LEO Deutsch-Englisch-Deutsch
Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm, ausführlichstes Wörterbuch zur deutschen Sprache
Deutsches Rechtswörterbuch ausgezeichnetes Wörterbuch, besonders für Fachsprachen

Internationales Forschungszentrum Chamisso-Literatur an der LMU München
Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Preis Literaturpreis der Robert Bosch Stifung
A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World
Sinasi Dikmen
Integrier dich Opa

Die kleine Hexenjagd Artikel aus der ZEIT vom 21. Januar 2013
Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe many resources

Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration viel Info zu Migrations- und Integrationspolitik

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