Proseminar: Revolutionary Romanticism: The Emergence of American Literature

Dozentin: Christina Caupert M.A.
Termin: Fr. 14.00-15.30 Uhr
Raum: 1003

"The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?" (Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature")

American literature has evolved from many different cultures and traditions, but the mid-19th century movement known today as the "American Renaissance" is undoubtedly a particularly important stage of its development. In a cultural environment dominated by respectable, edifying, but rather conventional writing, Ralph Waldo Emerson's appeal for abandoning the imitation of European examples and venturing new styles, themes, and ideas had an electrifying effect on a number of his contemporaries, many of whom are now ranked among the greatest of American writers. In this seminar, we will study some of the central tenets of Emerson's philosophical movement of Transcendentalism, which continues to influence American culture to this day, and get to know some of the best known writers associated with this trend of "revolutionary Romanticism," including Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville.

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Introductory course; regular attendance.

Leistungsnachweis: Timely fulfillment of reading and homework assignments, active participation in class, presentation, term paper.

Modulsignaturen: 6 LP: BacA 13 – LW Nr. 1, BacA 18 – LW Nr. 1, BacA 27 – LW Nr. 1, WBELW 03 Nr. 1, GsHsRsE 13 – LW Nr. 1, GyE 13 – LW Nr. 1, FB-Gs-DF-Eng, FB-Hs-DF-Eng, FB-Gs-UF-Eng, FB-Hs-UF-Eng, FB-Rs-UF-Eng, FB-Gy-VF-Eng, Wahlbereich BA, BacA 04 - LK Nr. 2, BacA 09 - LK Nr. 2

Die Modulsignaturen der Komparatistik werden vom Lehrstuhl für Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft vergeben. Fragen dazu richten Sie bitte direkt an die Mitarbeiter der VL.

All participants must have their own copy of:
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (Penguin Popular Classics).

You are strongly advised to start reading the novel as soon as you know that you are going to attend the seminar.
Additional texts will be made available in a reader in the first session of the seminar.