German Through Literature (B2-C1) WEA Sydney

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Thomas Mann (1875-1955) was a German novelist, short stories writer and essayist. In 1929 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. During this course we will read his novel Der Tod in Venedig about a writer, Gustav Aschenbach, who spends time in Venice to overcome writers block and clear his mind. This highly symbolic novel also gives insight into the psychology of Th. Mann himself. This course is held entirely in German. A very good knowledge of the language (level B2-C1) is required and the willingness to read a lot.


  • Online


  • Thomas Mann. Der Tod in Venedig. Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag. ISBN 9 783596 112661. Available at Abbey's bookshop or


  • Interpret and discuss the characters and the ideas of the novel
  • Broadening the student's reading and speaking skills on a high level


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and interpret a novel
  2. Participate in a discussion and share opinions
  3. Get to know one of the most important German-speaking authors, Thomas Mann.

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