Fall 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY. This course will consider major representative works of three prominent German authors: Goethe, Schiller, and Thomas Mann. Each of these authors had been drawn to the political, scientific, and literary activities of his time; each composed pieces that summarized his age, and each believed in, and insisted upon, the moral and public significance of art. Studying the poetry and surpassing craft of Goethe and Schiller, we also shall consider these authors' reception of such movements as the French Revolution, the European Enlightenment and Romanticism and discuss their views on the role art plays and the significance of the artist in culture. Likewise, exploring some of the major texts of Mann, we shall recognize the political shifts and cultural changes which played themselves out in this writer's life time and study his concerns regarding the crisis of art. In addition, we shall consider the emotional, artistic, and intellectual parallels between Goethe and Schiller and to the links which Mann saw as marking his relationship to these two classical poets of the eighteenth century.
Goethe, Faust I (ISBN 9780199536214)
Sorrows of Young Werther (ISBN 9780140445039)
Schiller, Don Carlos and Mary Stuart (ISBN 9780199540747)
“Naïve and Sentimental Poetry”
“The Aesthetic Education of Man”
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories (9780679722069)
Magic Mountain (ISBN 9780679772873)
Dr. Faustus (ISBN 9780375701160)
Also, works by Rousseau, Blake, Byron, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Tieck, Isaiah Berlin, and Wordsworth
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Grades will be based on regular class attendance, participation in class discussions, one report (each student will give a report on texts of his/her choice, dealing with topics relevant to our readings), prepare a short annotated bibliography, and write a research paper (10-15 pages), which could be suitable for one of the student’s portfolio essay.