FS 301: The Nobel Prize:
How Books Work in the Age of Mass Media

Instructor: Katherine Arens k.arens@mail.utexas.edu
Office: Germanic Studies, EPS 3.128
Office Phone: 232-6363 or 471-4123
Office Hours:T TH 8-9:25 and by appointment
Class Meets:
Monday 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon; CBA 4.338 (Unique # 33400)

In 1999, Günter Grass, author of The Tin Drum (1959), and other controversial, social-critical novels, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was the seventh German, and the eleventh German-language author to be so awarded; the media was not slow in noting that Grass was the sixth European in a row to receive the prize. This seminar will use the example of Grass’s novel and his Nobel Prize to discuss "how books work" in the modern world of publishing. That is, we will discuss how books are made, marketed, translated, remade into films, and turned into objects of political debate. We will read the books, see the movies, and see what can happen to them at every stage of the process.

Assignments (see attached Assignment Sheet for details)

1) Third-Hour Activities: This class meets two hours a week; you will need to attend 15 hours of activities scheduled by the Freshmen Seminars. Check their website for options: http://www.utexas.edu/admin/evpp/teaching/freshman/des.index.html. See also attached information on required options.

2) View three films and review them: Since our class is scheduled on Mondays, we won't meet until the third week of the semester. By the time we meet the first time, you should have already gone and seen: The Tin Drum, Jerusalum, and Death in Venice. See the sttached information on books and other materials for details on how to get to them. See the information on the "Assignments" sheet on how to review the three films.

3) Readings as indicated on syllabus

4) Précis: weekly analyses of readings (one page each in length)

5) One 7-page paper, developed in phases

6) One library meeting -- DON'T BE ABSENT, or you'll have to turn in the worksheet after you figure it out yourself.

Materials for Purchase

**See attachment for details of library reserves and other required materials.

Grass, Günter. The Danzig Trilogy.
Gordimer, Nadine. Burger's Daughter.
Mann, Thomas. Death in Venice & Other Tales.
Lagerlöf, Selma. Jerusalem.
Joseph Gibaldi. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
Copy Package available at IT Copy (MLK and Lavaca)