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Title: GERM 320-01, Literature, Culture and Society, 1750-1870, Fall 2007
Authors: Maurer, Karl-Heinz
Keywords: German;Syllabus;Curriculum;Academic departments;Text;2007 Fall
Issue Date: 22-Aug-2007
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College
Series/Report no.: Syllabi CRN
Abstract: The course is an introduction into the culture of the period between 1750 and 1870, although our focus will be on the years before 1850. This time period is often referred to as the Golden Age of German literature, and – regardless of any labels – it is the time period in which several developments informing German history combined to create a vibrant intellectual and cultural life. There was the formation of a bourgeois consciousness in often silent opposition to political hierarchies; the focus on the human being as an individual, and the attempt to base society in the cooperation of individuals rather than in social hierarchies. The German language took the place of Latin as a language of learning, and developed into an adequate tool making the intellectual contributions of a Kant or Hegel possible in the first place. A national consciousness developed with a vision of “Germanness” as rooted in – actual or imaginary – cultural values. We will also discuss the end of this age, which eventually encountered the limits of its value system in the restructuring of society brought about by far-reaching economic, technological and political transformations typical for the early Industrial Revolution.
Description: This syllabus was submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor.
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