Fall 2008

Romantic Couples

Listed in: German, as GERM-25

Faculty

Ute Brandes (Section 01)

Description

Can romantic love be pure passion? Or is it subject to rules designed to express feeling? The course explores the language and representations of love around 1800, during a time of profound social and aesthetic change. We will investigate the romantic yearnings for love as a meeting of autonomous subjects, leading to the discovery and realization of the self; the ecstasy of love and erotic misery; longings for everlasting fidelity and trust; issues of speechlessness and delusions; and the social marriage contract which gave rise to a desire to harmonize erotic and Platonic love and friendship. Readings will include romantic tales and fairy tales, novels, poetry, and letters by Goethe, Friedrich Schlegel, Dorothea Schlegel, Bettina von Arnim, Tieck, Hoffmann, and Kleist; music by Schubert and Wagner; romantic painting by Friedrich, Runge, and the Nazarenes. Conducted in German. Requisite: German 10 or equivalent. Fall semester. Professor Brandes.

 

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