R 2:00 - 4:45p
In English / 4 credits
Taught by Anselm Haverkamp, Eberhard Berent Goethe Professor Spring 2024
Political criticism (in the general sense of the word ‘political’) is no recent invention, it is the oldest mode of literary application, which limits the reach of literature from the start (Plato’s Politeia). In the Structural Transformation of the Literary Sphere that occurred after the 18 th century (Habermas’s title), literature’s ways of representation came to include critique, and criticism aesthetic critique. The exemplary scene for this turn is Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s involvement with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The philosopher Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit made world historical sense of this primal scene of a literary critique. In a close reading of Shakespeare’s plays, which is unrivaled and little recognized in its depth up to now, Hegel traced and marked in Shakespeare’s theater the threshold of the modern world in its critical emergence. The seminar shall elaborate the theoretical approach of Hegel’s critical method as the model of a ‘new’ criticism as a new historicism and discuss some consequences for the theater performance after Shakespeare and the novel after Goethe.
Literature / Texts
Goethe, Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre = Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, tr. Eric A. Blackall, chap. 4-5.
Hegel, Phänomenologie des Geistes = Phenomenology of Spirit, tr. V.A. Miller (Oxford UP) /or T. Pinkard (Cambridge UP).
Shakespeare, Hamlet, ed. Jenkins (Arden, 2 nd Series).
Shakespeare, Othello, ed. Honigmann (Arden, 3 rd Series).
Comprehensive Shakespeare editons recommended: Riverside, Norton, Oxford.
Margreta de Gratia, Hamlet without Hamlet (Cambridge UP).
William Empson, Essays on Shakespeare, ed. David B. Pirie (Cambridge UP).
Stanley Cavell, Disowning Knowledge in 7 Plays of Shakespeare (Cambridge UP).
Anselm Haverkamp, Shakespearean Genealogies of Power (Routledge).
Jürgen Habermas, Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (Cambridge UP).
Margreta de Grazia, Shakespeare verbatim (Oxford UP).
Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespearean Negotiations (Chicago UP).
Christoph Menke, Tragic Play (Columbia UP).
Peter Brook, The Empty Space (Simon & Schuster).
Kathrin Pahl, Tropes of Transport: Hegel and Emotion (Northwestern UP).
David Wellbery, The Specular Moment: Goethe’s Early Lyric (Stanford UP).
Additional shorter material shall be available in class.