Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
One of the major intellectual concomitants of the French Revolution was the Romantic Movement, creating new sets of ideas and expressions in literature, music, and the arts, emphasizing irrational and subconscious forces, heretofore suppressed or disregarded by Europe's traditional, hierarchical societies. Rebelling against the latter as well as against the ideas of the Enlightenment, the Romantic Movement emphasized the supremacy of feeling over reason, the intuitive, emotionally-determined process of creativity, folk spirit, artistic endeavors, the extremes of psychic life, and the mystical yearnings of the soul. The emotional and intellectual explosions this movement created has transformed the development of Western philosophy and art, preparing the ground for such new aesthetic ideas as "pure poetry" in the nineteenth-century, atonal music and abstract painting in the twentieth.
E. Bronthe, Wuthering Heights (ISBN 0393978893, W. W. Norton, 2002)
J. W. von Goethe, The Sufferings of Young Werther (ISBN 039309880X, W. W. Norton, 1970)
G. Buechner, Danton's Death (ISBN 1999019283650, Oxford University Press, 1999)
Stendhal, Red and Black (ISBN 0-393-04251-0, Norton House, 1969)
R. Sobel, The French Revolution (ISBN 0844609226, Peter Smith, 1990)
Also, works by Rousseau, Blake, Byron, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Goethe, Novalis, Brentano, Tieck, Kant, and Berlin (these works will be noted with an asterisk (*) in the syllabus.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Attendance (10% of the grade), demonstration of familiarity with assigned readings (10%), active participation in class discussion (10%), two tests (15% each), and two term papers (4-6 pages, 20% each).
Missing more than three classes will affect your grade.
In addition, you must comply with university policies regarding dishonesty, cheating and plagiarism.