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GE5: Modern German Culture (1) 1750-1914

This paper is available for the academic year 2023-24.

The paper consists of five modules, with free choice between these for the examination paper. The paper is designed to encourage contextual and interdisciplinary study, and the modules include thought (philosophy, psychoanalysis), and visual art, alongside a set of literary texts by key authors from across the period.


For module descriptions and reading lists, please see "Preparatory Reading" below.

  • Romanticism: Poetic Vision and Altered Sight
  • Modernising the Theatre: German Social Drama
  • Gender and Tragedy
  • Waterscapes: Nature as Cultural Symbol
  • Art, Desire and Death
Preparatory reading: 

For lists, please click here.

Teaching and learning: 

There will be three lectures for each of the five modules. Supervisions will normally be timed to fit with the lecture schedule. Students will be expected to study four of the five modules through essay work, with two supervisions for three of these and one for the fourth, plus up to three revision supervisions (i.e. a total of up to ten hours of supervision over the year).

For the GE5 Moodle site, please see here. The password can be collected from the paper coordinator. 


The paper will be assessed by end of year examination. Students will be expected to answer three questions, each relating to a different module. For each module there will be a choice between two questions.

This paper is also available for examination by Long Essay.

Course Contacts: 
Dr Anita Bunyan