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GER 521 From Volksbuch to Novel (Williams)

Research guide to support GER 521 From Volksbuch to Novel taught by Gerhild Williams (Fall 2008)

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From Volksbuch to Novel

Prose fiction developed as the dominant literary form during the early modern period (1500-1700). We will read and review several important literary milestones that mark the narrative changes leading from late medieval/early modern prose narratives (Volksbücher) to early forms of the novel. We will explore the relationship of facts and fiction, the influence of magic, demonology, and travel writings as well as issues of gender construction and their effect on the evolution of these narratives. Readings include Melusine, Dr. Faustus/Wagner, Fortunatus, Courage, and a novel by Eberhard Happel.