Spring 2010 not offered
Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) is one of the most provocative writers in modern German literature. Although he was a contemporary of Goethe and the Romantics, his work opposes the humanistic ideals of Weimar classicism as well as the Romantic cult of radical inwardness. Oddly, it was the philosophy of Immanuel Kant that had a very strong impact on Kleist: He lost confidence in the cognitive and communicative faculties of man. In this course we will follow Kleist through his so-called Kant-crisis, discuss how it is related to a crisis of language, and see how this crisis unfolds its destructive energy in some of Kleist's most startling dramas and novellas. Readings and discussions in German.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Interpretation: close textual analysis and contextualizing comprehension will be integral components of this course.
Intercultural Literacy: Interrogation of the connection between language and culture in German literature and philosophy.
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Heinrich von Kleist, DER ZERBROCHENE KRUG, PENTHESILEA, DIE HERMANNSCHLACHT, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS; DAS ERDBEBEN IN CHILI; DIE VERLOBUNG IN ST. DOMINGO
Immanuel Kant, KRITIK DER URTEILSKRAFT
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Weekly response papers, in-class presentations, and a final research paper. Regular participation is expected.
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