Going Green, German-Style: The Relationship to Nature, 1800-Today|
Spring 2017 not offered
GELT 228, ENVS 228|
Few countries display as active a commitment to protect natural resources and the environment as Germany. Its focus on renewable energies, recycling, and conservation in general is unique even by European standards, and in the U.S., Germany's policies on sustainability and environmental preservation are often held up as models. It is important to recognize, however, that Germans did not achieve this degree of environmental awareness overnight. Rather, it represents the result of centuries of contemplating, controlling, and conserving nature and cannot simply be transferred to other cultures. In this course, we will examine the German (and European) cultural tradition by analyzing artworks and texts from the last two centuries that have both expressed and shaped salient attitudes and emotional responses. The goals of the course are to give you insight into Germany's long and complicated history of defining and relating to nature and to allow you to reflect critically on your own attitudes toward nature and the environment.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GRST-MN)(GRST)
We will, among others, read texts by Novalis, Eichendorff, Rilke, Christa Wolf, and the Green Party, and look at artwork by C.D. Friedrich, Marc, and Kiefer.
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Graded work will include weekly reports/response papers; several longer essays; and presentations/discussion moderations.