Conducted in German
Taught by Christopher Wood
To “romanticize” the world, according to the poet Novalis, is “to give the common a higher meaning, to make the familiar strange, to make the known the unknown, to make the finite seem infinite.” For a charmed generation of poets, artists, and thinkers, young enough to share in the enthusiasms of the French Revolution, the world in 1800 seemed ready for remaking. They invented a new poetry and a new art, new languages of self-expression, alternately vivid and mysterious. Natural and sincere, introspective and visionary, pious but also scientific, nostalgic or politically engaged, the Romantics sought both intensified subjective experience and a loss of self in communion with the Whole. The course will engage with the poets and painters Goethe, Hölderlin, Novalis, Kleist, Hoffmann, Grimm, Friedrich, and Runge. Conducted in German.