America in the German Mind (GER 184)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2006

Journeys to "America" have their own history in German literature. For 19th-century writers such as Charles Sealsfield, Ferdinand Kurnberger, Friedrich Gerstacker, Karl May, and others, "America" serves as a topos for aesthetic and political reflection. In 20th-century literature, the constructed nature of "America" becomes particularly apparent. Readings from this period include Franz Kafka, Wolfgang Koeppen, Peter Handke, Max Frisch, and W. G. Sebald.