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Academic Year 2005/2006
Irony and Imagination: Romantic Revolutions in Literature, Music, Art, and Thought
GERM 286 SP
Thomas Mann called Romanticism "the most revolutionary and the most radical movement of the German spirit." Novalis, the proto-typical poet and thinker of German Romanticism, declared: "The whole world must be
This course will seek to explore the implications of this imperative by means of an interdisciplinary introduction to Romantic literature, painting, music, and thought. Through close readings of literature and
as well as encounters with painting and music, we will seek to go beyond the cliché of Romanticism as a cult of irrational subjectivity by focusing on the following Romantic themes: the idea of irony as the art of
in contradictions and fragments; philosophy as art and art as philosophy; the notion of diversity as a progressive, universal mixing and melting together of all areas of artistic and scientific expression and knowledge;
aesthetic discovery of the marginal, fantastic, surreal, eccentric, and insane; the ideal of communal thinking ("symphilosophy") and creating ("sympoetry"); the rediscovery and rewriting of medieval legends and folk
the renewal of mythology, and the birth of philology; the figuration of unfulfillable longing in poetry and song; the theory and practice of femininity; autobiography and the emergence of female authorship.
All readings are in English. Students have the option of reading some or all texts in German.
Poems by Goethe, Brentano, Eichendorff, Heine
Songs by Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert
Caspar David Friedrich, Moritz von
Schwind, Philipp Otto Runge, Friedrich Overbeck, Franz Pforr, Karl Blechen
Friedrich Schlegel, PHILOSOPHICAL FRAGMENTS, LUCINDE, "Theory of Femininity," "On Incomprehensibility," "On Diotima," "Dialogue on
Novalis, HENRY VON OFTERDINGEN,
PHILOSOPHICAL WRITINGS, THE NOVICES OF SAIS
Hegel, Schelling, Hölderlin, "Earliest Program for a System of German Idealism"
Wilhelm Wackenroder, CONFESSIONS FROM THE HEART OF AN ART-LOVING FRIAR, FANTASIES ON
ART FOR FRIENDS OF
E.T.A. Hoffmann, "Kreisleriana," THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF THE TOMCAT MURR
Ludwig Tieck, PUSS IN BOOTS
Tales by Tieck and Hoffmann
Letters by Dorothea Veit-Schlegel, Caroline
Schlegel-Schelling, Rahel Varnhagen, Karoline von Gü
nderode, and Bettina von Arnim
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Two short analytic essays (4-5 pages) and one longer research paper (10-12 pages)
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
There will be a number of joint meetings with Yonatan Malin's Seminar for Music Majors (MUSC 300).
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- Instructor(s): Plass,Ulrich
- Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: FISK414;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: UNL)
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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