GERM 320
German Romanticism Spring 2020
Division I Writing Skills

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German Romanticism is a multifaceted, even contradictory phenomenon. Its earliest practitioners Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg) and Friedrich Schlegel could be seen as enacting a culmination of Enlightenment optimism about the emancipatory potential of the human mind, with their advocacy of an “aesthetic revolution,” equality for women and Jews, and a holistic relationship to nature. Later, some of the first feminists (Caroline Schlegel-Schelling, Bettina Brentano von Arnim) worked side-by-side with authors who essentialized women into primal lures and primal threats (Ludwig Tieck, Joseph von Eichendorff). One of the most famous Romantics of all, E. T. A. Hoffmann, combined high irony and a penchant for the irrational in his fascinating works. This course will explore the paradoxes of German Romanticism through close readings of aphorisms, stories, fairy tales, poetry, essays, and music.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 8
Class#: 4053
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: intensive participation, frequent written responses, two shorter papers to be written in stages, and a longer final project
Prerequisites: GERM 202 or the equivalent
Enrollment Preferences: German students
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: The course will involve intensive work with writing analytical papers, including short responses to most texts, two papers that will be written in stages, and a longer final project that will include work shopping drafts in tutorial format

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