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Jane K Brown
GERMAN 537
Seattle Campus

Studies in Literature 1770-1830

Seminar on rotating special topics drawn from the period 1770-1830, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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.


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Last Update by Stephanie N. Welch
Date: 10/29/2007