GER 572 G - Early Modern German Studies
Seminar in selected genres, themes, or authors of the early modern period (1500-1700). Course Information: 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours if topics vary.
Transgressions: Money, Knowledge, Sex, and Violence in German Literature 1450 - 1750 The aim of this course is to explore various kinds of transgressive behavior surrounding themes of money, knowledge, sex, and violence in early modern German literature by reading and discussing key works from the period before 1800. We will employ several interpretative models and engage in current scholarly debates. The course will be conducted in German. Class format consists of discussions, response papers, and a final project. Framing our discussions in this way allows us to examine further concepts shaping the pre-modern social imaginary. In addition to primary texts spanning the entire pre-modern period of German literature, critical and theoretical investigations will inform our study. A key aspect of our investigations is to examine how social, political, and literary discourses are mapped on the transgressive behavior, with a particular focus on the body and figures of exchange. There is a
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Course Level: Graduate