Jane K Brown
Seminar on rotating special topics drawn from the period 1770-1830, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.
Winter 2008 GERMAN 537 Studies in Literature 1770-1830: Representing the Subject in Goethe's Wilhelm Meister Novels
The goal of this seminar is to explore Goethe's role in developing the language of modern depth psychology. We will read Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre and Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre looking specifically at changes in the ways of representing the self in these novels of self-development. We will start from the hypothesis that the novels project their models of selfhood onto the women the hero encounters.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
I encourage participants to get started on the novels over break so that they can help shape the agenda of the course.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will include reports, several short exercises, and a medium length paper.