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Syllabus Stefan Zweig's "The world of Yesterday" An European Autobiography - 32500

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Last update 08-09-2017
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: german, russian & east european studies

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: German

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Prof Birgit Erdle

Coordinator Email: birgiterdle@aol.com

Coordinator Office Hours: Monday, 14.30 16.00 and by appointment

Teaching Staff:
Prof Birgit Erdle

Course/Module description:
Stefan Zweig's Memories of a European (Erinnerungen eines Europäers), first published in German in 1942 and originally titled The World of Yesterday (Die Welt von gestern) is considered a compendium of European intellectual life in the first half of the 20th century. What makes Stefan Zweig's memoir, written in exile between 1939 and 1941 - the last few years of his life - relevant for us today? From the beginning, this author's thoughts had been, in his words, focussed solely on the European, the supranational. What do readers today, who concern themselves with 20th century European history, gain from this knowledge, from this legacy, when faced with current conflicts and a renewed nationalism?

Course/Module aims:
The course will introduce students to the work of Stefan Zweig and open up his "Memories" as an archive and compendium of European intellectual life in the first half of the 20th century

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Improve German language skills
Reflect on European History in the first half of the 20th century from the perspective of a contemporary witness Understand certain fundamental constellations in European political and intellectual thought
Discuss relations between Jewish history and German/European history
Reflect on the concepts of 'nationalism', 'exile', 'european'
Interpret primary texts and critically evaluate arguments in secondary texts
Reflect on methodological problems in analyzing literary texts

Attendance requirements(%):
80 %

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: 2 hours seminar
student presentations

Course/Module Content:
What makes Stefan Zweig's memoir, written in exile between 1939 and 1941, relevant for us today? From the beginning, this author's thoughts had been, in his words, focussed solely on the European, the supranational. What do readers today, who concern themselves with 20th century European history, gain from this knowledge, from this legacy, when faced with current conflicts and a renewed nationalism?
We will read selected passages from Zweig's book in German; based on the Hebrew translation published in 2012:
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Required Reading:
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Die Welt von Gestern. Hebrew
(2012)

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 40 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 30 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 30 %
Activity in seminar discussion

Additional information:
 
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.
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