GERM 362 - 19TH C. LITERATURE & POLITICS
Long Title: NEW REALITIES: LITERATURE AND POLITICS IN THE 19TH CENTURY
Department: *Classical & European Studies*
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Description: In German arts and letters, the nineteenth century is usually referred to as the age of Realism. As a reaction to Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, and Idealism, intellectual life turned towards the new realities in the sciences as well as society and politics. Industrialization, urbanization, the social question, women's liberation and the founding of the "Reich" created a new sense of reality and gave way to new forms of expression in literature and the arts. While optimism regarding the process of mankind prevailed, pessimism spread amongst the more thoughtful. Readings include texts by Heine, Fontaine, Keller, Hauptmann, Marx, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Taught in German.