Advanced Seminar in German Literature: Poetry as a Way of Life|
Fall 2021 not offered
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
Who am I? What is the world? And what can language (not) do? Throughout its history, German poetry has returned, time and again, to asking these fundamental questions about a self, its relation to the world, and language's capacity to represent, influence, and constitute an I. Poetry serves as one of the central sites where the epistemological, moral, social, and aesthetic potential of mankind is negotiated. Lyric texts play a fundamental role in the creation and exploration of the promises, problems, and paradoxes of modern notions of subjectivity, society, and art. Almost all of the most canonical German poems pick up on some or all of these issues, and we will read a selection from the 18th to the 21st centuries. The goal of this class is to provide students with an overview of German poetic traditions and to give students the tools to talk about poetry in German. We will explicitly engage with analytic terminology as well as aesthetic discourses. All readings, writings, and discussions in German.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: |
||Prerequisites: GRST213 OR GRST251S OR GRST252S
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GRST-MN)(GRST)
Poems by, among others, Bachmann, Benn, Brecht, Celan, Droste-Hülshoff, Goethe, Grünbein, Günderrode, Hölderlin, Mörike, Rilke, Schiller, Trakl.
Aesthetic theory by, among others, Adorno, Baumgarten, Benn, Hegel, Herder, Hofmannsthal, Rilke, Schiller, Schlegel
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three papers of increasing length, 2 tests; oral presentations; leading class discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and participation required. This course is suitable for students who have studied or lived in a German-speaking country, as well as for those who have completed GRST 213 or the equivalent. Students who are uncertain about their preparation should consult the instructor during Orientation or Drop/Add.
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