GERM-251 Ritter, Räuber, Abenteurer
Fall for 2017-2018
Professor F. Hoppe
“Abenteuer – was ist das?” What is adventure, who seeks it and why? This remains one of the oldest and, until today, one of the most intriguing questions of mankind not only in real life but also as it is reflected in ancient tales and legends, in centuries of travelogues, and in modern literature. How does writing mirror human desire for the unknown, human dreams of expansion, and real travel experience?

The course invites students to go on an adventurous expedition through eight centuries of German travelogues from the magical and legendary works of chivalry and the fascinating first personal chronicles of early discovery to travelogues in romantic, realistic and contemporary German literature. Along the way, students will encounter multiple genres and perspectives on the topic of ‘travel’ in a range of historical periods.

The course will be taught by a contemporary German writer who is an extensive traveler herself and who looks forward to sharing her experiences and her reflections with the class participants.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Two Level IV courses
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