FLL 215: The Origins of Romanticism

Professor Kenneth E. Larson, Wells College

Office: Cleveland 210
Phone: 364-3305; Home phone: 364-8484
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-3:30 and by appointment


Feb. 2     Introduction: from Enlightenment to Romanticism
Feb. 4     Lessing: Minna von Barnhelm (1767)

Feb. 9      Lessing
Feb. 11    Goethe: The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)
                FILM: "Werther: Story of a Bestseller"

Feb. 16*  Goethe
Feb. 18    Goethe: Urfaust (Excerpt; 1775) and early poetry

Feb. 23    Schiller: Intrigue and Love (1784)
Feb. 25    Schiller

Mar.  1*  Schiller: Mary Stuart (1800)
Mar.  3    Schiller

Mar. 8     Hölderlin: Hyperion (Excerpts; 1797)
Mar. 10   Wackenroder and Tieck: Outpourings (Excerpts; 1797)
                Tieck: Blond Eckbert (1797)

Mar. 15*  Novalis: Hymns to the Night (1800)
Mar. 17    Novalis: Henry von Ofterdingen (Excerpts; 1802)

Spring Break

Mar. 29    Kleist: The Marquise of O and Other Stories (1807-1811)
Mar. 31    Kleist

Apr. 5*   Kleist
Apr. 7     Kleist

Apr. 12    Kleist
Apr. 14    Hoffmann: The Best Tales of Hoffmann (1814-1821)

Apr. 19*  Hoffmann
Apr. 21    Hoffmann

Apr. 26    Hoffmann
Apr. 28    Hoffmann

May 3*   Eichendorff: Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing (1826)
May 5     Eichendorff

A writing-intensive course. Six papers of 3-4 pp. (word-processed or typewritten, doublespaced), due at the beginning of the weeks marked "*." Frequent individual discussions of writing, including planning, drafts, and rewrites. Grades based 50% on writing, 50% on class discussion.


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