GERM-255 Isn't It Romantic
Spring for 2015-2016
This Level V course examines ghosts, dwarves, mermaids, and souls sold to the devil – these are only a few of the fantastic creatures that people Romantic tales. This course explores the most fascinating and multi-faceted period in German literary and cultural history – Romanticism. Students will become familiar with the biographies, works, and aesthetic ideas of some of the major as well as some of the lesser-known authors in German Romanticism. The inclusion of music and the visual arts aims to offer a more well-rounded picture of this important period.
The content aspects will be closely coupled with fostering academic-level language abilities, stressing close reading and interpretation. An emphasis on genre will enable a focused and productive approach to the texts in the course. Most of these texts are relatively short novellas, with the exception of the 20th century novel by Süskind at the end of the course.
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