Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Ozsvath, Zsuzsanna
Discipline and Number
HUSL 7309 Section 001
M Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
European Romanticism

Description of Course:


European Romanticism: Yearning for Fulfillment

The purpose of this course is two-fold: to trace the origins and development of the Romantic movement and explore its central issues, shaping much of nineteenth-and twentieth-century art and thought. We will examine the ideas of some of the major Romantic thinkers, writers, poets, and artists, studying their vision of the human imagination, their concepts of the arts, dreams, passion, and the subconscious; and we will explore their battles against the Enlightenment, with its established rules in the realm of the factual and the universal. Analyzing the culmination and legacy of this movement in philosophy and literature, we will also study the historical-cultural context out of which our readings sprang and explore their authors' soaring ideas and new artistic approaches.

Required Texts:

H. Bloom, Romanticism and Consciousness
J. W. von Goethe, Sorrows of Young Werther
J. W. von Goethe, Faust I
Novalis, Henry of Ofterdingen
Stendhal, The Red and the Black
E. Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Further readings would involve works by Rousseau, Kant, Tieck, Brentano, Eichendorff, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, Goethe, Schiller, Novalis, Hoelderlin, Heine, August von Platen, Shelley, Keats, Wordsworth, Byron, Petoefi.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Active participation in class discussion (40%); one class presentation (20%), and 10-15 page paper (40%).

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