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