GERM-460 German Realist Novel
This course will study major novels of the second part of the nineteenth century. This was a time when rapid changes in the social, and economic make-up of the German lands, sciences, technology, administrative practices, and ideological outlook (nationalism; historicism) forced people to cope in new ways with their changing environments. These challenges are woven into the texts of the realist novels of the time, among them some of the most famous in German. We will read and analyze these novels as aesthetic responses to and against the backdrop of contemporary theoretical discussions and developments, fostering an understanding of some of the major intellectual debates of the time and how the novels participated in those debates.
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