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Fall 2018

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Introduction To German Studies: The Romantics Then And Now


This course serves as an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of German Studies. German culture has played a seminal role in the history and culture of modern Europe, influencing and shaping the European spirit in all manner of ways. However, rather than survey the rich history of contributions of German-speaking people to European and world culture, this course will focus on the relatively small period of German Romanticism (during the late 18th and early 19th century). As we proceed we will ask the following questions: what is German culture? How has it been defined? What is German Romanticism? What themes permeate the German Romantic tradition? How are they like or unlike themes in other similar literary traditions? Who are some significant figures in literature, music, philosophy, visual arts, architecture, and how have they influenced subsequent generations of artists and intellectuals? In addition to answering these basic questions, we will use the Romantics as a lens to learn about German culture on a larger scale.

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Swarthmore College Provost Office

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Professor Madalina Meirosu was awarded a Digital Humanities Curricular Grant from the Provost's Office for use in her fall 2018 course, Introduction To German Studies: The Romantics Then And Now (GMST 20). The course syllabus, assignment instructions, and resulting assignment are made freely available here courtesy of the authors.