Prerequisites: 5 courses in German at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Second semester as needed/3 credits)
This course is a survey of the development of drama in German speaking countries from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Students will read, analyze and sometimes enact plays by Hans Sachs, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich Schiller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Frank Wedekind, Georg Kaiser, Heiner Müller and Tankred Dorst. Lectures will provide the cultural background required to understand the dramas and connect them to social, aesthetic and philosophical movements.