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GM3130 Doubles, Devils and Deadly Spiders: 19th-century German Gothic Literature

Terms 1 and 2
Convenor: Dr Karina Berger

Essay: 30% (2000-2500 words), Written Examination: 70%

In this course students will be introduced to significant works of German-language "Schauerliteratur" (Gothic fiction) from the  Romantic, Realist, and early Modernist periods. Authors to be studied include:  Ludwig Tieck, Heinrich von Kleist, Adelbert von Chamisso, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Jeremias Gotthelf, Theodor Storm and Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Key Bibliography:
Set Texts:

Chamisso, Adelbert von, Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1986).

Droste-Hülshoff, Annette von, Die Judenbuche (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1989).

Gotthelf, Jeremias, Die schwarze Spinne (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1986).

Hoffmann, E.T.A., Fantasie- und Nachtstücke. (München: Winkler, 1967). [for Ritter Gluck]

Hoffmann, E.T.A., Die Elixiere des Teufels (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1986).

Hofmannsthal, Hugo von, Reitergeschichte und andere Erzählungen (Stuttgart, Reclam, 2000). [for Reitergeschichte]

Kleist, Heinrich von, Die Verlobung von St. Domingo / Das Bettelweib von Locarno / Der Findling (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1984).

Storm, Theodor, Der Schimmelreiter (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2005).

Tieck, Ludwig, Der blonde Eckbert / Der Runenberg (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2001).


Chamisso, Adelbert von, Peter Schlemihl (London, Oneworld Classics, 2008).

Droste-Hülshoff, Annette von, The Jews’ Beech (London: Oneworld Classics, 2008).

Gotthelf, Jeremias, The Black Spider (London: Oneworld Classics, 2009).

Hoffmann, E.T.A. The Devil’s Elixirs (London: Oneworld Classics, 2009).

Hofmannsthal, Hugo von, Lord Chando’s Letters and other Writings (New York: NYRB, 2007). [for Cavalry Story]

Kent, Leonard J. / Knight, Elizabeth C., Tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972). [for Ritter Gluck]

Kleist, Heinrich von, The Marquise of O– and Other Stories (London: Penguin, 2004) [for The Beggarwoman of Locarno]

Storm, Theodor, The Dykemaster (London: Angel Books, 1990).

Tully, Carol (ed.): Goethe, Tieck, Fouqué, Brentano. Romantic Fairy Tales (London: Penguin, 2000). [for Eckbert the Fair]

Secondary Literature:
A detailed bibliography of critical articles on individual texts will be available on MOODLE. As an introduction to the topic you may want to look at the following:

Cusack, Andrew / Murnane, Barry (eds.), Popular Revenants. The German Gothic and its International Reception 1800-2000 (Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2012).

Grizelj, Mario (ed.), Der Schauer(roman). Diskurszuammenhänge – Funktionen – Formen (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2010).


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