Fall 2014

Wanderlust: Exploration, Escape and the Technologies of Travel

Listed in: German, as GERM-336

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Gertraud Gutzmann (Section 01)


This course examines the theme of travel and exploration in German literature and culture from the late eighteenth century to the present. We will look at both historical and fictional accounts of journeys, from travel diaries and contemporary travel blogs to novellas, novels, poetry, and film.  What factors have pushed Germans to leave their homes, and what has pulled them to particular destinations? What modes of travel do they choose, and how does the development of modern means of transportation change the nature of travel? In asking such questions, we will examine texts in their historical and cultural contexts, while exploring what they reveal about perceptions of time and space, conceptions of the foreign and the familiar, and the pivotal role played by place in notions of national, cultural, and individual identity. Along with Alexander von Humboldt’s overseas explorations and Goethe’s inaugural “Bildungsreisen” to Italy, with journeys real and imagined of the Romantic period, we will consider current trends, such as Germans exploring Germany on foot and bicycle. Further texts, song cycles, and films by Eichendorff, Heine, Franz Schubert, Fontane,  Anna Seghers, Daniel Kehlmann, Hans-Josef Ortheil, W. G. Sebald, Yoko Tawada,  Holger Teschke, Christoph Hein, Felicitas Hoppe. Conducted in German.

Requisite: GERM 210 or equivalent. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Gutzmann.

If Overenrolled: Preference to German majors

Cost: $16.00 ?


2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014