Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Cultural history has only rarely experienced such concentration of emotional and intellectual energies as those manifesting themselves in Germany between 1750-1875. In fact, this powerful artistic output appears to be on such scale and of such stature that it must be discussed on terms comparable to those of the Attic tragedy. To study it also means to explore the cultural forces that have at once appropriated the rich lineage of the European tradition and anticipated most major artistic movements of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century. Our course will focus on the writings of such dramatists, writers, and poets as Lessing, Schiller, Kleist, Hoelderlin, Novalis, Eichendorff, Graf von Platen, Heine, and Buechner, and explore the works of such philosophers as Kant, Winckelmann, Hegel, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche.
Lessing, NATHAN THE WISE
J. W. von Goethe, FAUST
F. Schiller, DON CARLOS
H. von Kleist, THE MARQUISE AND OTHER STORIES
G. BUECHNER, DANTON'S DEATH
F. NIETZSCHE, THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Regular class attendance, active participation in class discussion, preparation of one report, and one research paper (15-18 pages).