German Studies

Course: German Studies
Group of courses: Languages and Cultural Studies, Art and Design

Teaching/course objectives:

Students should

  1. be introduced to the basic theoretical concepts of gender studies,
  2. learn about the history of gender studies and its integration into literary and cultural studies
  3. be able to take account of gender and its significance for issues in literary history,
  4. be able to carry out gender-orientated literary analyses.

Teaching content/subject-specific gender studies content:

Questions and research concepts from gender studies form a separate area within theoretical literary and linguistic studies and the knowledge of literary history that is taught.

  • Theoretical principles of gender studies in the context of literary theory and methods (differentiation of sex and gender, theoretical concepts of psychoanalysis, gender roles, cultural anthropology, narrative theory, gender studies of performativity)
  • Gender and language: Language and linguistic aspects of gender (particularly in the areas of language change, semantics and pragmatics)
  • The importance of feminist literary science in literary history and the writing of literary history: Redefining the canon, literature by women, social and gender-historical principles of German literature and its different periods
  • History of gender studies in literary studies: From "women's literature" to gender (women's studies, men's studies, gender studies)
  • Significance and importance of the category of gender for the literary history of the middle ages and early modern period (particularly gender anthropology): one-sex-model vs. two-sex-model)
  • Importance of the category of gender in modern literature: Gender coding in literature, poetry and literary theory, particularly in the period of Empfindsamkeit/classical period (18th century) and the fin de siècle (around 1900).

Forms of integration of gender studies content into the curriculum:

Concepts from gender studies should as a rule be integrated into the description of individual modules: Both in the theoretical basic modules (introduction to literary studies, literary theory) and modules in literary history (middle ages/modern period).

Thematic modules on gender studies can be offered at a later stage of the advanced modules (usually as "compulsory optional" subjects). Here, we particularly recommend interdisciplinary modules (sessions by various humanities and cultural science subjects, linking of literary theory and literary history).

Degree stage:

Content and concepts from gender studies should be included in all phases of study.


German Literary Studies, Linguistics Communications Science, German Language and Medieval Literature, German Linguistics, German Studies, Medivial Studies, German Philology, Literary Studies, German Studies, Cultural Studies, Englisch Studies, Amerikan Studies, Romance Studies, Linguistics, Speech Science, Translating, Interpreting