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GERM 514A Studies in the Literature of the 18th Century - LIT OF 18TH CENT

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
GERM 514A 001Seminar2 Tue Thu15:3017:00

Topic: German Literature of the 18th century  Letters as Genre, Medium, and Object

(in German)

This course is cross-listed with GERM 370.

This course focuses on "epistolary literature" in the 18th century, from the emergence of private correspondence, to literary forms such as epistolary novels, letters as embedded stories in narrative prose, as props in dramatic texts, and finally as objects of archiving, editing, and reading processes. Point of departure forms the correspondence of Charlotte Schiller (née von Lengefeld, 1766-1826), wife to one of Germany most renowned poets, Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805). Course Readings include firstly, selected letters in manuscript and edited forms; and secondly, epistolary novels/novellas by Sophie von La Roche ("Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim", 1771), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ("Die Leiden des jungen Werthers", 1774), and Charlotte Schiller ("Rosalie", 1800) - referring ba and ~

ck to French and English texts by Richardson and Diderot. In the final section, we'll read two dramatic texts, Friederike Sophie Hensel's "Die Familie auf dem Lande / Die Entführung" (1770/1772), which transforms an epistolary novel by Frances Sheridan into a bourgeois tragedy, and Friedrich Schiller's historical drama about state violence and censorship, "Don Carlos"(1787).