GERM-024 The Germanic Christian Hero (taught in English)
Fall for 2017-2018
The twin purpose of this course is to study the long historical relationship between Germanic and Christian values and imaginations as constitutive both of the dynamic fantasy of German story and of the notion of a hero, as well as to encourage good writing about those stories based on the students’ and the authors’ personal realizations – as derived from engagement in detail with the text. Each work will be studied in the context of its historical and cultural environment. The underlying theme, which is the title of the course, will be examined in the many transformations which it undergoes with the passage of time, the changing of poetic style, and the differing personal realizations of the poets – and readers. Main works: the Heliand, Parzival and the Holy Grail, the Grimms' Fairy Tales.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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