Germanic Languages | German Culture Studies I
G563 | 2844 | William Rasch

G563: German Culture I	(3 cr.)				
Professor William Rasch

Bildung: The German Idea of Culture

	This course examines the concept of Bildung as emerges by the
end of the 18th century in its new usage as both a term employed for
moral and intellectual self-cultivation and for the development of a
national character or culture.  The first section of the course
examines some of the major theoretical statements of the ideal from
Herder to Fichte.  The second session will briefly investigate the
university reform movement in the early 1800s (as represented in the
writings of Schleiermacher and Humboldt) and the resultant rise of
the ideals of a humanistic Wissenschaft.  The next second deals with
women’s access (or lack thereof) to formal education, the Jewish
salon scene in Berlin (Herz, Schlegel, Varnhagen), and the foundation
of women’s Bildunganstalten in the first half of the 19th century
(Gleim).   Finally, late 19th-century reactions to the ossifications
of the ideal of a liberal, classical education will sought in the
writings of Nietzsche, Fontane, Mann, and Hesse.
	Students will be expected write 2 5-page position papers and
one 10-page analysis of a literary text that deals with the issue
under discussion.

Texts will include:
Herder: Journal meiner Reise im Jahr 1769		Reclam
Schiller:  Über die ästhetische Erziehung …		Reclam
Fichte: Reden an die deutsche Nation			Meiner	
Schlege: Lucinde					Reclam
Fontane: Frau Jenny Treibel				Reclam
Hesse: Unterm Rad					Suhrkamp
Reading packet with excerpts from following authors: Humboldt,
Goethe, Schleiermacher, Rousseau, Herz, Gleim, Nietzsche, Mann