German 370. Classicism and Romanticism in German Literature
This class will be a survey of ideas and literary movements in Germany between 1750 and 1850. Particular attention will be given to the transition from the Classical to the Romantic Period: the critique of the Classical by Romantic authors, the role of Shakespeare as a model for both, the elevation of music as the highest form of artistic expression, the long career of Goethe encompassing both periods. Authors to be read include Goethe, Schiller, Lessing, Schlegel, Kleist, Brentano, Eichendorff, Büchner and Heine.