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Jane K Brown
GERMAN 514
Seattle Campus

Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Seminar on rotating special topics in literature and culture of the nineteenth century, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.

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Haunted Houses: Heim and das Unheimliche in Nineteenth Century Narrative. This course will investigate the transformation of Gothic narrative to invent and represent depth psychology in nineteenth-century novels and novellas. It will explore the specific relationships among Biedermeier notions of Heimat, Heimlichkeit, and what becomes the Freudian uncanny (das Unheimliche), and thus the full range of identity formations from national through familial to individual Reading will include Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften, Stifter’s Nachsommer, and selected novellas by Tieck, Hoffmann, Eichendorff, and Storm. Participants are encouraged to get started on the two longer novels (Goethe and Stifter) before the quarter begins.

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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: 05/01/2009