The German Intellectual Tradition

SAME AS V51.0244

The Age of Angst: German and Austrian Intellectual History, 1890-1933 Taught in English by Alys George This course explores the profound sense of crisis, uncertainty, and anxiety that pervaded German and Austrian experience in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The era’s radical changes—among them the traumas of war, rapid industrialization and urbanization, shifting gender roles, and the political and economic instability of the interwar years—seemed to shake the very bedrock upon which society had been built. The intellectual and aesthetic responses to this pervasive sense of angst and upheaval, as well as the challenges and changes themselves, form the focus of this course. We will reflect in depth on how the intellectual impulses informed aesthetic innovation as we explore the meaning and nature of modernity and crisis in early twentieth-century Germany and Austria.

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4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

Alys X George
MW: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM 19UP 100D