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GE207 German Culture in the Age of Revolution

Module Outline

Term One
  • In Week 1, BOTH sessions will be lectures. The first lecture (Tuesday) will be at 16.00 in H4.02 (tbc) and the second lecture (Wednesday) will be, exceptionally, at 10.00 in Room S0.09 (Social Science building).
  • Thereafter (WEEK 2 onwards) there will be a lecture on Tuesdays 4-5 in H4.02 (tbc) and a seminar Wed 9:30-11.00 in H2.02.


OVERVIEW: CONTEXTS AND DEVELOPMENTS


Week 1

 

Lecture: (Tues)

Lecture: The Legacy of the Enlightenment in Germany: Continuities and Challenges
(This lecture will be at 4pm in H4.02)

Term 1 Lecture 1 Handout

Term 1 Lecture 2 OHP


  Lecture: (Wed)

Lecture: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. The French Revolution and Its Impact on Germany
(This lecture will be at 10.00am in Room S0.09 [Social Science building])

Term 1 Lecture 2 Handout
Term 1 Lecture 2 OHP

       

THE POLITICS OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT IN GERMANY


Week 2   Lecture:
(Tues)

Contradictions and compromise: Reason, the Individual, and the Absolutist state in 18th century Prussia (4pm H4.02)

Term 1 Week 2 Handout

Term 1 Week 2 OHP


  Seminar: (Wed)

Immanuel Kant, ‘Beantwortung der Frage: Was ist Aufklärung?’ (1784) (9.30am H2.02)


       

 IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE


 Week 3  

Lecture:
(Tues)

Too Different for Equal Rights? Enlightenment Debates on Jewish Emancipation

Term 1 Lecture 3 Handout

Term 1 Lecture 3 OHP


 

Seminar:
(Wed)

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Die Juden (1749)


   
Week 4  

Lecture:
(Tues)

Lecture: Historical Background to Friedrich Schiller, Maria Stuart (1800)

Term 1 Week 4 Handout

Term 1 Week 4 OHP


  Seminar:
(Wed)

Schiller, Maria Stuart: Women in Charge?


 

Week 5   Lecture:
(Tues)

Too different for equal Rights? Enlightenment Debates on Women’s Status in Society

Term 1 Week 5 Handout

Term 1 Week 5 OHP


  Seminar: (Wed)

Schiller, Maria Stuart: Contemporary Themes

       
Week 6   Reading week; no class
     
     
THE INDIVIDUAL AND AUTHORITY – THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE NATIONAL COMMUNITY

Week 7   Lecture: (Tues)

Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell (1803-4): Tyranny, Revolt, Revenge – exploring the revolutionary Character


  Seminar: (Wed)

Schiller, Wilhelm Tell: Tell – Assassin or revolutionary Hero?

Term 1 Week 7 Handout

Term 1 Week 7 OHP


 

Week 8   Lecture: (Tues)

Ideas of the Nation

Term 1 Week 8 Handout

Term 1 Week 8 OHP


  Seminar: (Wed)

‘Wir sind ein Volk und einig wollen wir handeln’ – the Construction of the Swiss People in Schiller's Wilhelm Tell

Additional reading:

Stuart Hall, extracts from "The question of cultural identity", in: S.Hall, D. Held and
T.McGrew, Modernity and its Futures, Cambridge: Polity, 1992

       
Week 9   Lecture: (Tues)

Kleist’s Prinz Friedrich von Homburg (1810): exploring the Tensions within ‘benevolent Despotism’

Term 1 Week 9 Handout

Term 1 Week 9 OHP


  Seminar: (Wed) Kleist’s Prinz Friedrich von Homburg: Romantic Hero vs Prussian Officer?

 

Week 10   Lecture: (Tues)

Kleist’s Prinz Friedrich von Homburg: conflicting readings


  Seminar: (Wed)

Whose values, whose reality? Ambiguity and conflict in Homburg

     


       










Term Two

NB: teaching in Term 2 begins on TUESDAY of Week 1 (10 January) and will be a lecture starting at 16.00. There will be NO seminar on Wednesday of Week 1. Seminars start in Week 2.

THE ROMANTIC REBELLION

Download seminar worksheets for term 2

Week 1

Lecture: (Tues)

‘Romanticising the world’. German Romanticism in its socio-political context.

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 1

Lecture OHP Term 2 Week 1


Seminar: (Wed)

NO CLASS!

ROMANTICISM AND INTERIORITY
Week 2 Lecture: (Tues)

Romanticising the World: The philosophical underpinning of German Romanticism

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 2

Lecture OHP Term 2 Week 2


Seminar: (Wed) Ludwig Tieck, Der blonde Eckbert



Week 3 Lecture: (Tues)

Landscapes of the mind (II): Art and the artist. Romantic love and the quest for utopia; Eichendorff’s poetry and introduction to Das Marmorbild

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 3

Lecture OHP Term 2 Week 3


Seminar:(Wed)

Joseph von Eichendorff Das Marmorbild



Week 4 Lecture: (Tues)

Landscapes of the mind (II): The dark side of reason: madness and death in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Der Sandmann

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 4

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 4


Seminar: (Wed) E.T.A. Hoffmann Der Sandmann



POLITICS, PERSPECTIVE AND THE QUESTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTIVITY
Week 5 Lecture: (Tues)

What is evil? The return of Grand Theory. Leibniz, Kant and Rousseau and the problem of human wickedness and social change.

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 5

Lecture OHP Term 2 Week 5


Seminar (Wed) Heinrich von Kleist Das Erdbeben in Chili



Week 6 Reading week



Week 7 Lecture: (Tues)

The landscape of politics (I). Napoleon, German Nationalism and the question of ‘total revolution’. Heinrich von Kleist and the Haitian revolution.

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 7

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 4


Seminar: (Wed) Heinrich von Kleist Die Verlobung in St. Domingo



Week 8 Lecture: (Tues)

The landscape of politics (II). ‘Vormärz’, propaganda and political literature. The aesthetics of revolution.

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 8

Lecture OHP Term 2 Week 8


Seminar: (Wed) Georg Büchner Lenz



REVOLUTION AND THEORIES OF HISTORY
Week 9 Lecture: (Tues)

A revolution in Germany? The French Revolution revisited. The political background to Georg Büchner's Dantons Tod

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 5

Lecture OHP Term 2 Week 9


Seminar: (Wed) Georg Büchner Dantons Tod



Week 10 Lecture: (Tues)

What is history? Theories of history and human progress. The origins of Communism.

Lecture Handout Term 2 Week 10

Lecture OHP Term 2 Week 10


Seminar: (Wed)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels Das kommunistische Manifest

(Please note that this session is a lecture and will be at 10.00am venue tbc.)

 

Term Three


Week 1

Lecture: (Wed)

The political scene in Germany between the Congress of Vienna (1815) and the 1848 revolution (NB. This lecture will be on Wednesday morning at 10:00 in H202!)

There will be no seminar in week 1
Lecture ppt

     
Week 2 Lecture: (Tues)

Heine and Modernity

Lecture ppt


Seminar: (Wed)

Heine, Die Harzreise (I)

Seminar worksheet I




Week 3 Lecture: (Tues) no lecture

Seminar: (Wed)

Heine, Die Harzreise (II)

Seminar worksheet II