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German Romanticism Syllabus


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German Romanticism Syllabus

  1. 1. Rembrandt’s etching Faust (1652) History 191C, Seminar 4 German Romanticism (Fall 2008) Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:50 PM, Bunche 2174 Instructor: K. Pangburn ( Office Hours: Mondays 4:00 – 6:00 PM or by appointment, Bunche 7266 This seminar offers an introduction to some of the many aspects of the cultural and intellectual movement known as German Romanticism (ca. 1797-1830). The course begins with a brief overview of Romanticism in the German lands, followed by a rapid tour through some of the major areas of romantic thought: poetry, politics, philosophy, science, religion, gender issues and history. Students will investigate these areas of inquiry by reading works by Schlegel, Fichte, Schelling, Goethe, Schleiermacher, Hegel and other early nineteenth-century German thinkers. The seminar will conclude with a brief consideration of painting and music in Germany during the Romantic period. Readings: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Elective Affinities (1809) Course packet, to be purchased at the UCLA Bookstore at Akerman Union Course Requirements: Participation: 10% Class presentation: 20% Three 3-page response papers: 30% One 10-page research paper: 40%
  2. 2. 2 Missing two or more sessions will result in an F for the participation grade. Students will be expected to write three papers of approximately three pages in length (double- spaced) in response to a question posed by the instructor with regard to the next week’s readings. Papers will be collected in seminar the following Wednesday. Students choose which weeks they wish to write these papers. Please note that late papers will not be accepted. Information regarding the research paper and class presentation to follow soon. ~ Lecture and Reading Schedule ~ WEEK ONE: Oct. 1 – Introduction to German Romanticism Chapters 2 and 3 from Mary Fulbrook’s (ed.) German History Since 1800 Optional: Hajo Holborn, A History of Modern Germany, 1648-1840, vol. II (Alfred A. Knopf, 1967), pp. 355-471 (political situation) Thomas Nipperdey, Germany from Napoleon to Bismark: 1800-1866, trans. by Daniel Nolan (Princeton University Press, 1996) James Sheehan, German History 1770-1866 (Oxford University Press, 1989), pp. 324-388 Romanticism in National Context, ed. Roy Porter and Mikuláš Teich (Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp. 109-133. WEEK TWO: Oct. 8 – Romantic Poetry: “Romanticizing the World” Beiser’s article “Early Romanticism and the Aufklärung” (2003) Encyclopedia entry “Friedrich Schlegel” Schlegel’s Athenaeum Fragment #116 (1798) Beiser’s article “The Meaning of ‘Romantic Poetry’” (2003) Excerpt from Madame de Stael’s On Germany (1810) Optional: Hans Eichner, ed. Romantic and Its Cognates (University of Toronto Press, 1972) Hans Eichner, Friedrich Schlegel (Twayne Publishers, 1970) Elizabeth Millan-Zaibert, Friedrich Schlegel and the Emergence of Romantic Philosophy (State University of New York, 2007) J.M. Bernstein, Classic and Romantic German Aesthetics (Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 239-307 (Schlegel) Maria Fairweather, Madame de Stael (Carroll & Graf Pubs, 2005) John Claiborne Isbell, The Birth of European Romanticism: Truth and Propaganda in Stael’s De l’Allemagne, 1810-1813 (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
  3. 3. 3 WEEK THREE: Oct. 15 – Politics: The Rise of Nationalism Encyclopedia entry “Johann Gottfried Herder” Excerpt from Herder’s Letters for the Advancement of Humanity (1793-1797) Excerpts from Fichte’s Addresses to the German Nation (1808) Abizadeh’s article “Was Fichte an Ethnic Nationalist?” (2005) Optional: Hagen  Schulze,  The  Course  of  German  Nationalism  from  Frederick  the  Great  to     Bismarck,  1763-­‐1867  (Cambridge  University  Press,  1991)   Frederick Beiser, Enlightenment, Revolution, and Romanticism (Harvard University Press, 1992) Robert T. Clark, Herder: His Life and Thought (University of California Press, 1955) F.M. Barnard, Herder on Nationality, Humanity, and History (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003) H.C. Engelbrecht, Johann Gottlieb Fichte: A Study of His Political Writings, with Special Reference to His Nationalism (Columbia University Press, 1933) Otto W. Johnston, The Myth of a Nation – Literature and Politics in Prussia under Napoleon (Camden House, 1989) Hans Reiss, The Political Thought of the German Romantics (1793-1815) (Oxford University Press, 1955) WEEK FOUR: Oct. 22 – Philosophy: German Idealism Excerpt from Madame de Stael’s On Germany (1810) Encyclopedia entry “Johann Gottlieb Fichte” Fichte’s Science of Knowledge: First Introduction (1796) Encyclopedia entries “Schelling” and “Naturphilosophie (Nature Philosophy)” Introduction to Schelling’s Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature (1797, second ed. 1803) Optional: Entries for “Fichte” and “Schelling” in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward Craig (Routledge, 1998) Robert J. Richards, The Romantic Conception of Life (University of Chicago Press, 2002), pp. 59-90 (Fichte), pp. 114-192 (Schelling) Kyriaki Goudeli, Challenges to German Idealism: Schelling, Fichte,Kant (Palgrave 2002) Anthony La Vopa, Fichte: The Self and the Calling of Philosophy, 1762-1799 (Cambridge University Press, 2001) Frederick Beiser, The Fate of Reason: German Philosophy from Kant to Fichte (Harvard University Press, 1987) Andrew Bowie, Schelling and Modern European Philosophy: An Introduction (Routledge, 1993) Werner Marx, The Philosophy of F.W.J. Schelling, trans. by Thomas Nenon (Indiana University Press, 1984) Dale E. Snow, Schelling and the End of Idealism (State University of New York Press, 1996)
  4. 4. 4 WEEK FIVE: Oct. 29 – Science: Goethe’s Philosophy of Nature Encyclopedia entries “Science in Germany” and “Johann Wolfgang von Goethe” Sepper’s article “Goethe, Color, and the Science of Seeing” (1990) Excerpts from Tantillo’s book The Will to Create: Goethe’s Philosophy of Nature (2002) Optional: Alexander Gode-von Aesch, Natural Science in German Romanticism (Columbia University Press, 1941) Rudolf Magnus, Goethe as a Scientist, trans. by Heinz Norden (H. Schuman, 1949) R.H. Stephenson, Goethe’s Conception of Knowledge and Science (Edinburgh University Press, 1995) Frederick Amrine, Francis J. Zucker, and Harvey Wheeler (eds.), Goethe and the Sciences: A Reappraisal (D. Reidel Pub. Co., 1987) W. Hartner, “Goethe and the Natural Sciences” in Goethe: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Victor Lange (Prentice-Hall, 1968) Goethe’s Scientific Studies, ed. and trans. Douglas Miller (Suhrkamp Publishers, 1988); (* Note that this book includes translations of Goethe’s Theory of Colors and Metamorphosis of Plants) Neil M. Ribe, “Goethe’s Critique of Newton: A Reconsideration” in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 1985, 16(4), pp. 315-335. Dennis Sepper, Goethe Contra Newton: Polemics and the Project for a New Science of Color (Cambridge University Press, 1988) “Goethe” in Dictionary of Scientific Biography, ed. Charles Coulston Gillispie (Scribner, 1980) WEEK SIX: Nov. 5 – When Science and Art Intersect: Goethe’s Elective Affinities Goethe’s novel Elective Affinities (1809) Encyclopedia entry “Affinity Chemistry” Adler’s article “Goethe’s Use of Chemical Theory in His Elective Affinities” (1990) Optional: John R. Williams, The Life of Goethe: A Critical Biography (Blackwell Publishers, 1998) Irmgard Wagner, Goethe (Twayne Publishers, 1999) T.J. Reed, Goethe (Oxford University Press, 1984) Astrida Orle Tantillo, Goethe’s Elective Affinities and the Critics (Camden House, 2001) Eric A. Blackall, Goethe and the Novel (Cornell University Press, 1976) Clark S. Muenzer, Figures of Identity: Goethe’s Novels and the Enigmatic Self (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1984) Johann Wolfang von Goethe, The Autobiography of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, trans. by John Oxenford, 2 vols. (University of Chicago Press, 1974)
  5. 5. 5 WEEK SEVEN: Nov. 12 – Religion: Schleiermacher Encyclopedia entry “Friedrich Schleiermacher” Excerpts from Schleiermacher’s On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers (1799) Optional: Richard Crouter, Friedrich Schleiermacher: Between Enlightenment and Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 2005) Martin Redeker, Schleiermacher: Life and Thought, trans. by John Wallhausser (Fortress Press, 1973) B.A. Gerrish, A Prince of the Church: Schleiermacher and the Beginnings of Modern Theology (Fortress Press, 1984) Keith Clements, Friedrich Schleiermacher: Pioneer of Modern Theology (Collins, 1987) Patricia Ellen Guenther-Gleason, On Schleiermacher and Gender Politics (Trinity Press International, 1997) WEEK EIGHT: Nov. 19 – Gender: Schlegel’s Lucinde Encyclopedia entries “Dorothea Schlegel” and “Caroline Schlegel-Schelling” Friedrich Schlegel’s novel Lucinde (1799) Optional: Sara Friedrichsmeyer, The Androgyne in Early German Romanticism: Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis and the Metaphysics of Love (Peter Lang, 1983) Martha B. Helfer, “‘Confessions of an Improper Man’: Friedrich Schlegel’s Lucinde” in Outing Goethe and His Age, ed. Alice Kuzniar (Stanford University Press, 1996), pp. 174-193 and “Gender Studies and Romanticism” in The Literature of German Romanticism (Camden House, 2004), pp. 229-249. G. Pattison, “Friedrich Schlegel’s Lucinde: A Case Study in the Relation of Religion to Romanticism” in Scottish Journal of Theology, 1985, 38(4), pp. 545-564. Katherine R. Goodman and Edith Waldstein (eds.), In the Shadow of Olympus: German Women Writers around 1800 (State University of New York Press, 1992) Jeannine Blackwell and Susanne Zantop. Bitter Healing: German Women Writers 1700- 1830 (Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press, 1990) Catriona MacLeod, Embodying Ambiguity: Androgyny and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Keller (Wayne State University Press, 1998) Margaretmary Daley, Women of Letters: A Study of Self and Genre in the Personal Writing of Caroline Schlegel-Schelling, Rahel Levin Varnhagen, and Bettina von Arnim (Camden House, 1998) Dorothea Mendelssohn Veit Schlegel, Camilla: A Novella, trans. by Edwina Lawler (E. Mellen Press, 1990) and Florentin: A Novel, trans. by Edwina Lawler (E. Mellen Press, 1988)
  6. 6. 6 WEEK NINE: Nov. 26 – History: Hegel’s Idealism Encyclopedia entry “Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel” Excerpt from Hajo Halborn’s History of Germany (1966) Introduction to Hegel’s Philosophy of History (1837) Optional: Joseph McCarney, Hegel on History (Routledge, 2000) B.T. Wilkins, Hegel’s Philosophy of History (Cornell University Press, 1974) G.D. O’Brien, Hegel on Reason and History (University of Chicago Press, 1975) B.A. Haddock, An Introduction to Historical Thought (Edward Arnold, 1980), pp. 106-119. Stephen Houlgate, An Introduction to Hegel: Freedom, Truth and History (Blackwell, 2005) Franz Wiedmann, Hegel: An Illustrated Biography, trans. by Joachim Neugroschel (Pegasus, 1968) Horst Althaus, Hegel: An Intellectual Biography, trans. by Michael Tarsh (Blackwell Publishers, 2000) WEEK TEN: Dec. 3 – Romanticism in German Painting and Music Encyclopedia entries “Philipp Otto Runge”, “Caspar David Friedrich”, “Richard Wagner” Optional: William Vaughan, German Romantic Painting, 2nd ed. (Yale University Press, 1994) Rudolph M. Bisanz, German Romanticism and Philipp Otto Runge: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Art Theory and Iconography (Northern Illinois University Press, 1970) Richard Littlejohn, “Philipp Otto Runge’s Tageszeiten and their Relationship to Romantic Nature Philosophy” in Studies in Romanticism 42 (2003), pp. 55-74 Werner Hofmann, Caspar David Friedrich (Thames & Hudson, 2000) Michael Steen, The Life and Times of the Great Composers (Oxford University Press, 2004) Joachim Köhler, Richard Wagner: The Last of the Titans, trans. by Stewart Spencer (Yale University Press, 2004) Curt von Westernhagen, Wagner: A Biography, trans. by Mary Whittall (Cambridge University Press, 1978) Albert Goldman and Evert Sprinchorn (eds.), Wagner on Music and Drama: A Compendium of Richard Wagner’s Prose Works, trans. by H. Ashton Ellis (DaCapo Press, 1981) Peter Burbidge and Richard Sutton (eds.), The Wagner Companion (Cambridge University Press, 1979)