Jane K Brown
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.
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.
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.