Fear and Pity: German Tragedies from the 18th to the 20th Century|
Fall 2011 not offered
Tragedies aim to stimulate the spectator's passion and sympathy. How precisely do they achieve that goal? Through close readings, the course contextualizes the tragedies of authors such as Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Büchner, Hebbel, Wedekind, and Hofmannsthal within major literary movements and the theoretical reflections of Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Interpretation: close textual analysis and contextualizing comprehension will be integral components of this course.
Intercultural Literacy: the course will critically explore the genre of tragedy in different cultural contexts and different literary epochs from the Enlightenment, Weimar Classicism and Romanticism to Naturalism and Modernism.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)
F. Nietzsche, THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
W. Benjamin, THE ORIGIN OF GERMAN TRAGIC DRAMA
G. E. Lessing, EMILIA GALOTTI
J. W. Goethe, FAUST
F. Schiller, THE BRIDE OF MESSINA
H. v. Kleist, PENTHESILEA
G. Büchner, DANTON'S DEATH
F. Hebbel, MARIA MAGDALENA
F. Wedekind, SPRING'S AWAKENING
H. v. Hofmannsthal, ELEKTRA
|Examination and Assignments: |
Several response papers, three analytic essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course can be applied to the Literature, and Critical Thought concentrations for the German Studies major.
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