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GE6: Modern German Culture (2) - 1890 to the Present Day

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

This 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 The paper is designed to encourage contextual and interdisciplinary study, and the modules include historical documents, thought (philosophy, psychoanalysis), film and visual art, alongside a set of literary texts by key authors from across the period.

  • Sexuality and the Unconscious
  • Heimat and Alptraum: Contestations of German National Identity, 1890 to the Present
  • Contemporary German Memory Work: Text and Image
  • Transnational Texts: Turkish-German Literature and Film of the 1990s-2000s
  • Weimar Culture in Film and Text (new in 2024-25)
  • Uncanny Returns: Confronting Violent Histories in Contemporary Austrian Writing (replacing 'Gender and Austrian Writing' from 2024-25)



Preparatory reading: 

See Moodle site, link below.

Teaching and learning: 

There will be three lectures for each of the modules. Supervisions will normally be timed to fit with the lecture schedule. Students will be expected to study four 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 general guidance on the paper, module descriptions and the reading list, please see the GE6 Moodle site here.


The paper will be assessed by end of year examination. In the exam, 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. 


Assessment by long essay instead of the written examination is available on this paper.

Course Contacts: 
Prof Andrew Webber (Michaelmas)
Prof Sarah Colvin (Lent and Easter terms)