GERMANY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
First: Can you name the 19th-Century German Artists, Composers, and Writers above? (Key below.)
After this course, you will certainly be able to identify and think about them, and many other major figures.
"19th Century Germany" might sound a bit boring, but this was THE era of modern cultural and intellectual development and the Germans were right in the middle of it all.
course will investigate major themes of nineteenth-century German history. Against the background of political and
social developments such as the Napoleonic Wars, the Restoration, the
Revolution of 1848, the unification of Germany,
the German Empire under Bismarck
and Wilhelm II, and events leading to the First World War, we will carefully
consider responses to these issues by leaders in German cultural life.
Using literary texts—as well as visual arts and music—we will investigate intellectual currents under the
following headings: Enlightenment & Classicism, Storm and Stress,
Romanticism, Young Germany
vs. Biedermeier, Socialism & Realism, Gründerzeit, Volkish Ideology, “Nihilism” and Psychoanalysis, Symbolism
& Expressionism, and Wilhelmine Culture.
will include works by Lessing, Goethe, Heine, Marx,
Wagner, Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, and Heinrich
Mann. Music will include works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven,
Schubert, Schumann, Wagner, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler, and
Mozart, Beethoven, Nietzsche, Wagner, Mahler, Thomas Mann, Brahms, Heine, Marx
See more of the masters we will cover at this link.
Here is the syllabus from a previous session of the course.
( I have reduced the reading since.)