Diana I Behler
C LIT 396
Offered by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.
This course will focus on texts that exude the aura of the "fantastic" in German, English, American, French, and Russian literature, most originating the the 19th century. We will read and discuss stories by Tieck, Hoffmann, Kleist, Mary Shelley, Melville, Poe, Schnitzler, Nerval, Gautier, and Gogol that deal with the phenomen of the inscrutable in life and literature. We will also draw on various theories about demonic, gothic, fantastic, and romantic imaginaton and relate them to the texts we are analyzing.
Student learning goals
Analysis of texts
Insights into the "fantastic"
Develop good discussion skills
Developing writing skills
General method of instruction
Lectures and active in-class discussions. New ideas encouraged.
Class assignments and grading
Writing of short paragraphs, written mid-term essay and short-answer exam, and a final take-home essay exam.
Active class participation, timely short paragraph assignments, graded exams, attendance.