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Jane K Brown
GERMAN 421
Seattle Campus

Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Rotating special topics in literature and culture of the eighteenth century, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems. Recommended: GERMAN 303; either GERMAN 311, GERMAN 312, GERMAN 322, or GERMAN 323.

Class description

European Revolution through Goethe's Eyes: This course will examine several texts by the most inventive and controversial German writer of the turn of the nineteenth century, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, in order to study what it was like to live through the seismic social shift cause by the French Revolution. Readings will include fairy-tales, novellas, plays, and selections from Faust.

Student learning goals

analyze literature better

write about literature better

gain familiarity with the French Revolution, the event that ushered in the modern age in Europe and with Goethe, the most influential of German writers

understand better the experience of extended threatening political turmoil

General method of instruction

Discussion; primary language is German.

Recommended preparation

German 311 or equivalent

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include several short exercises and one longer paper.

Grades will depend in approximately equal parts on participation, short exercises, and the longer paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jane K Brown
Date: 05/05/2011