Spring 2024

German Fables from Aesop to Zarathustra

Listed in: German, as GERM-320


Hannah E. Hunter-Parker (Section 01)


Short, sweet, and smart, fables are one of the oldest and most successful genres in Western literature, if not the world. Since the eighteenth century, fable collections were the most-read books in the German language after the Bible. Fanciful creatures and a simple moral work to educate and delight audiences. But with these stories’ long success, the question of who gets credit is anything but simple. What is a fable and what is not? Who writes fables, who reads them, and why? How do they reach their audience? Is there such a thing as German fable, or is it all just Aesop redux? Through readings in and on the genre, this course introduces students to key authors and movements in the history of German literature. Students will deepen interpretive skills through discussions of representative historical texts and contexts between the Enlightenment and early-Modernism. Authors include Martin Luther, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Sophie von la Roche, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Adalbert Stifter, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Conducted in German.

Requisite: GERM 210 or equivalent.

Spring semester: Professor Hunter-Parker.

How to handle overenrollment: null

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: An emphasis on instruction in languages other than English, on written work, readings, and oral presentations. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the professor as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.

GERM 320 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 204
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 204

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Deutsche Fabeln des 18. Jahrhunderts Reclam Manfred Windfuhr, ed. Books will be ordered jointly by the instructor, after add/drop period has finished; the total cost for all materials is $18. TBD
Der Struwwelpeter Reclam Heinrich Hoffmann See comment above. TBD
Max und Moritz Reclam Wilhelm Busch See comment above. TBD
Krambambuli und andere Erzählungen Reclam Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach See comment above. TBD


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2024