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Hölderlin and His Readers

Hölderlin's works develop vast intellectual constructions in a poetic language of striking rhythmical power, while remaining anxiously concerned with the conditions of lyric utterance. Although his work responded to the literary and philosophically currents as well as the revolutionary politics and Philhellenism of his time, it proved untimely. Yet the same severe features that alienated contemporaries would lead such 20th-century poets as George, Rilke, and Celan to celebrate and emulate Hölderlin. We will examine how Hölderlin's early contributions to post-Kantian idealism paved the way for his poetic project, as well as his odes and elegies, and some of the poetological writings. The late hymns will be discussed in detail against the backdrop of Hölderlin's engagement with ancient tragedy and his Empedocles project. Since Hölderlin's works have elicited literary criticism of the highest order as well as influential reflections on the aims and challenges of literary interpretation, our readings of Hölderlin will proceed in dialogue with such critical responses.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Directed Dissertation Research

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  • Level: Graduate
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Reading and Translating German for Academic Purposes

Taught in English. This is the first semester of a year-long course designed for graduate students in other fields who wish to gain a reading knowledge of the German language. Seniors who intend to do graduate study in other disciplines are also welcome, with permission from instructor. Instruction includes an introduction to German vocabulary and grammatical structures as well as discussion of relevant translation practices. The goal of the course is for students to gain confidence in reading a variety of texts, including those in their own fields of study. No knowledge of German is assumed. Seniors by permission & Graduate students only.

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  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
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Independent Study-German

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  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
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Modernist Primitivism

This course will explore the aesthetics and politics of primitivism in European modernity, focusing on the visual arts and literature in German and Yiddish, but looking at the wider European context, including France and Russia. We will begin with the backgrounds of primitivism in Romanticism, looking especially at its ethnographic and colonial sources. We will then focus on the presence of anthropological and ethnographic discourses within various registers of modernist thought, literature, and visual culture, with special attention to visual and literary primitivism. Our central concerns will include: the attempt to create a modernist aesthetics grounded in ethnography; the primitivist critique of modernity; the place of primitivism in the historical avant-garde; the development of the notion of “culture” in modernity; and the aesthetics of modern ethnic and national identity. Key thinkers, artists, and writers to be considered include Herder; Gauguin; Picasso; Wilhelm Worringer; Carl Einstein; Hannah Höch; and Emil Nolde.

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  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/12
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-GERM

Independent Study-German

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  • Level: Graduate
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Independent Study-German

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Independent Study-German

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Directed Dissertation Research

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  • Level: Graduate
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Literary Aesthetics

This course explores literature in the context of the aesthetic tradition in philosophy. Themes include literature as mimesis, or the representation of reality, its relation to truth, untruth, and possibility, literature as the revealing of being, literary imagination, the distinctiveness of literary language and expression, the role of the literary author. Readings may include background selections from Plato and Aristotle, but the course will focus on philosophical interest in literature since the late 18th century, and may include Kant, Hölderlin, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Blanchot, Bachelard, among other readings. Course will be taught by the Kurrelmeyer Chair in German. Taught in English.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/14
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Directed Dissertation Research

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Directed Dissertation Research

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German Qualifying Paper Preparation

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  • Level: Graduate
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German Qualifying Paper Preparation

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  • Level: Graduate
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German Qualifying Paper Preparation

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  • Level: Graduate
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German Qualifying Paper Preparation

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German Qualifying Paper Preparation

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  • Level: Graduate
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Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.213.636 (01)Hölderlin and His ReadersM 1:00PM - 3:00PMDornbach, MartonGilman 479GRLL-ENGL
AS.213.812 (01)Directed Dissertation ResearchGosetti, Jennifer Anna 
AS.210.661 (01)Reading and Translating German for Academic PurposesMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AMWheeler, Heidi LGilman 479
AS.213.800 (03)Independent Study-GermanPahl, Katrin 
AS.211.754 (01)Modernist PrimitivismTh 12:00PM - 2:00PMSpinner, Samuel JacobGilman 479GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-GERM
AS.213.800 (02)Independent Study-GermanTobias, Rochelle 
AS.213.800 (01)Independent Study-GermanGosetti, Jennifer Anna 
AS.213.800 (04)Independent Study-GermanSpinner, Samuel Jacob 
AS.213.812 (02)Directed Dissertation ResearchTobias, Rochelle 
AS.213.761 (01)Literary AestheticsT 5:00PM - 7:00PMGosetti, Jennifer AnnaGilman 108GRLL-ENGL
AS.213.812 (03)Directed Dissertation ResearchPahl, Katrin 
AS.213.812 (04)Directed Dissertation ResearchSpinner, Samuel Jacob 
AS.213.813 (04)German Qualifying Paper PreparationSpinner, Samuel Jacob 
AS.213.813 (05)German Qualifying Paper PreparationDornbach, Marton 
AS.213.813 (01)German Qualifying Paper PreparationGosetti, Jennifer Anna 
AS.213.813 (03)German Qualifying Paper PreparationPahl, Katrin 
AS.213.813 (02)German Qualifying Paper PreparationTobias, Rochelle