In the Moment of Great Destruction: German Literature from 1600 to Today|
Spring 2019 not offered
German history has been characterized by immense upheavals, crises, and catastrophes, from the destruction of the Thirty Years War to Napoleon and the world wars. At times victims, at times perpetrators, Germans participated in and suffered from events that time and again destroyed established norms and traditions and called into question the very possibility and validity of human experience, morality, and sociability. As a result, German culture repeatedly faced the need to renegotiate how humans perceive and relate to their world, how people can unite to constitute a society, and how ethical standards can be upheld in amoral circumstances. In this course, we will examine the ways in which literary text combine aesthetic presentation with depictions of current chaos and universal or eternal laws to imagine livable lives in the face of uncertainty and adversity.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
We will, among others, read texts by Grimmelshausen, Goethe, Kleist, Hoffmann, Hauptmann, Rilke, Kafka, Grass, and Sebald.
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Graded Work will include regular reading journals, several longer papers, a presentation and a discussion moderation.