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ERIC Number: ED358680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 22
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Friedrich Durrenmatt's Tragicomedy of the Grotesque "The Visit" in an Intermediate German Course.
Modzelewski, Jozef A.
A description is provided of "Der Besuch," a written companion to the Houghton Mifflin Company's standard edition of the drama "Der Besuch der alten Dame (The Old Lady's Visit)," written in 1956 by the distinguished Swiss playwright Friedrich Durrenmatt. The drama is an excellent choice for any intermediate or advanced language course that seeks to reinforce or expand students' reading and listening comprehension, and build conversation and composition skills. "Der Besuch" is a study guide, a workbook, and a reference grammar and dictionary that provides students with useful information and study aids. It also offers the instructor helpful teaching suggestions and various materials for classroom utilization. The introductory section of the guide supplies general information about the author and the play. Next, 24 seminars dealing with Durrenmatt's entire text follow, forming the main part of the textbook. An overview of different interpretations of the play by prominent scholars is also provided, as well as a thorough bibliography pertaining to the play and a German-English dictionary of new vocabulary used in the play. The main part of the textbook consists of eight units, each containing three seminars and a review section. This part provides students with tools for preparation for class discussion and the instructor with suggestions for structuring each individual seminar. Several sample pages from "Der Besuch" (in German) are attached. (VWL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: EnglishGerman
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