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1st Edition

The Routledge Modern German Reader

ISBN 9781138898035
Published December 8, 2015 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Modern German Reader is designed for intermediate and advanced learners of German. It provides a clear and engaging introduction to reading authentic German language texts for learners who wish to move beyond elementary course material to more rewarding works of fiction and non-fiction.

Features include:

  • twenty-eight readings, graded according to difficulty, beginning with shorter, simpler texts and progressing to longer, more complex texts

  • fourteen literary texts, written by well-known writers from German-speaking countries, on universal themes and fourteen non-literary texts from magazines, newspapers and the internet, featuring a range of engaging topics relating to culture, society and history

  • varied, contextualized pre- and post- reading exercises designed to stimulate discussion, develop comprehension strategies, expand and refine vocabulary, and foster awareness of grammatical structures as they occur in authentic contexts

  • a German-English glossary with separate vocabulary lists for each chapter and a complete answer key available at

Suitable for both classroom use and independent study, The Routledge Modern German Reader provides insights into the culture of German-speaking countries while also acting as a stimulus to further independent reading. It is an essential tool for developing vocabulary and increasing reading proficiency.

Table of Contents

1. Fernweh und Flucht  2. Alltag und Traum  3. Gesellschaft und Einsamkeit  4. Verliebtheit und Sehnsucht  5. Liebeskummer und Melancholie  6. Misstrauen und Obsession  7. Ehrlichkeit und Betrug  8. Gesellschaftsordnung und Identität  9. Aussenseiter und Unterdrücker  10. Freiheit und Wende  11. Stereotype und Humor  12. Wahrnehmung und Verstand  13. Wohngemeinschaften  14. Dunkelrestaurants  15. Ernährung und Klima  16. MultiKulti  17. Glücklichsein  18. Die Eisbach-Welle  19. Das Oktoberfest  20. Freikörperkultur

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Maryann Overstreet is Professor and Chair of German at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.