CL 381 (27380) = E 390M (29885):

European Romanticism

Fall, 1996


Katherine Arens


Germanic Languages, E.P. Schoch 3.128; 471-4123

Office Hours: TTH 8:00-9:30 and by appointment

Course Description: The course is designed to introduce Romanticism as a European movement influencing both theory and literature. As such, it will concentrate on the earlier phases of the movement, as it arose in Germany under French influence, and then was brought back to England by students of German philosophers and to France by cosmopolitian intellectuals. For this reason, readings will span essays and philosophy as well as literature; emphasis in class discussions will be on the concepts and ideologies surrounding various adaptations of Romanticism, instead of on specific genres. Moreover, several works will be drawn from outside the standard boundaries of romanticism, in order to expand our notions of sources and developments.

The course will be broken into distinct topics:

1) literary sources and monuments

2) theoretical sources in philosophy

3) Romanticism romanticized in literary theory and history.

This course will require substantial reading, and French or German is strongly recommended (although not strictly necessary). The main novels and theory works have been ordered in English; for each national literature, a standard anthology has been ordered (Norton, Reclam, & Legarde) providing general introductions to the writers and parts of works. Class time will be devoted to discussion of the topic for the day, with reference to the text or texts indicated. Read what you can for each class; several titles are indicated because many may already be familiar to you. Examinations will be general enough that you may address the questions with what you've read, not needing every item.


-have been ordered at the COOP. English of certain titles indicated on the syllabus have been put on reserve at PCL (reserve list provided). The theory books have also been reserved, as they are more expensive to purchase. A few items will be passed out in class as photocopies.

Assignments and Grading:

Two take-home tests = 25% of grade each (the first will be more terminological, the second more analytical/comparative)

Two text interpretation papers (one poem, one prose -- each essay 7-10 pp) = 2 x 25% = 50% of grade.

**No late work accepted without prior arrangement; no incompletes for other than substantive medical reasons.