Fall 2017 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
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 thought.
We will examine some of the major Romantic thinkers and artistsâ€™ vision of the human imagination, their world of dreams, passion, and the subconscious in addition to study their rebellion against the prevailing ideas of the Enlightenment with its established rules in the realm of the objective and the universal. Analyzing the culmination and legacy of this movement in philosophy and literature, we will also explore the historical-cultural context out of which our readings sprang and study their authorsâ€™ soaring ideas and new artistic approaches.
Required Texts May Include:
Isaiah Berlin, The Roots of Romanticism
J. W. Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther
Novalis, Blue Henry
Stendhal, The Red and the Black
E. BrontÃ«, Wuthering Heights
H. Bloom, Romanticism and Consciousness
Further readings (xeroxed material with which you will be provided):
Works by Rousseau, Kant, Friedrich Schlegel, Herder, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche; Goethe, Schiller Novalis, HÃ¶lderlin, Tieck, Eichendorff, Brentano, Heine, and August Platen; Shelley, Keats, Wordsworth, and Byron.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Course requirements include preparation and active participation of class discussions; one short presentation, and two short papers (5-6 pages).