608213 Modern literary history: Imagination and Property. Gottfried Keller's Green Henry and Modern Economies

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608213
Modern literary history: Imagination and Property. Gottfried Keller's Green Henry and Modern Economies
PS 2
2,5
Block
annually
German

Ability to describe literary, historical and cultural contexts of representative authors,  works and genres of literature and their canonization; you can describe the interaction of social, literary and cultural history; interpretation of literary texts according to scientific standards.

 

To appoint craft, literary and cultural historical contexts the example of representative authors works and genres to describe canonization; they can describe developments the interaction of social, literary and cultural history (among other things gender-specific); they have the skill to interpret literary texts independently according to scientific standards.

 

Over the course of the semester, we will study the first version of Gottfried Keller's novel Green Henry (1854/55). In the words of the novel’s editors Böning and Kaiser, Keller’s text reflects "the basic ambiguity of bourgeois society, which consists in subjecting men to the postulate of self-realization while withholding the means of self-realization from them." (1013) The novel combines features of different genres like the Bildungsroman and the artist's novel. We will focus among other things on analyzing Keller’s depiction of the highly controversial relation of individual creativity and fundamental material needs, of artistic imagination and economic demands. Our discussion of the novel’s content and form will contextualize our findings with regard to the history of gender and to major cultural and economical developments of the time.

In order to facilitate discussion, we will use the thorough and reasonably priced edition Gottfried Keller: Der grüne Heinrich. Text und Kommentar. Hg. von Thomas Böning und Gerhard Kaiser, Frankfurt am Main: Deutscher Klassiker Verlag 2007.

 

Introduction to theories of the Bildungsroman given by the instructor, student presentations, assignments, plenary discussion

Course participation (knowledge of texts, assignments, contributions to discussions), presentation, written proseminar paper (12-15 pages)

Primary Texts:

Gottfried Keller: Der grüne Heinrich. Text und Kommentar. Hg. von Thomas Böning und Gerhard Kaiser, Frankfurt am Main: Deutscher Klassiker Verlag 2007.

not applicable
07.10.2016
Group 0
Date Time Location
Fri 2016-10-07
12.00 - 13.30 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Fri 2016-10-28
10.00 - 18.00 40832 SR 40832 SR Barrier-free
Sat 2016-10-29
10.00 - 18.00 4DG14 SR 4DG14 SR
Fri 2017-01-20
10.00 - 18.00 4DG14 SR 4DG14 SR
Sat 2017-01-21
10.00 - 18.00 4DG14 SR 4DG14 SR