Germanic Languages | Seminar in German Literature
G825 | 2995-2996 | Marc A. Weiner
G825 Seminar in German Literature ( 3 cr. / 4 cr.) Marc Weiner
Section: 2995 / 3 cr.
Section: 2996 / 4 cr.
I, 2003-2004; TR 2:30-3:45
Instructor: Marc A. Weiner
Office Hours: BH668, TR 1-2, and by appt.
Tel. 5-2033; “firstname.lastname@example.org”
Topic: “Music in German Culture”
The course is intended to fulfill two goals: 1) to familiarize
students with some canonical, representative works of German music
and the cultural issues with which they have been associated; and 2)
in so doing, to employ and examine a series of (sometimes competing)
methodologies and questions brought to bear in the investigation of
different aesthetic constructs and historical and cultural moments.
The course is organized around the discussion of diverse musical
genres (Lied, song cycle, symphony, opera, music drama, jazz), and
literary and other aesthetic forms (poetry, prose narrative, novel,
film). It also will make reference to various philosophical
concerns (as expressed by Schopenhauer, Wagner, Bloch, Adorno), and
to the material, institutional framework within which music unfolded
in German-speaking Europe from the late 18th- to the mid-20th
centuries (salon, concert, Opera, criticism & feuilleton). The
course will include consideration of the “New Musicology” (Kramer,
Subotnik, Abbate, McClary, Leppert) and the work of cultural critics
and historians of music (Levin, Hutcheon, Said, McGrath, Robinson)
that illustrate the expansion of formalist musical inquiry, as well
as some debates that fall more squarely within the purview of
Germanic Studies (Pfitzner, Busoni, Bekker, Borchmeyer, Kaiser,
Vaget, Weiner, Rasch). No familiarity with music or musical
terminology is required.
Ideally, the course will provide a frame within which students may
test and apply the various approaches and concerns they have
encountered in the exploration of their own musical-cultural
interests as they formulate a research project. In the final
sessions, students will distribute, discuss, and mutually critique
drafts of their seminar papers, and will subsequently submit a
completed version by the middle of finals week.
Abbate, Carolyn. Unsung Voices: Opera and Musical Narrative in the
Princeton: Princeton UP, 1996.
Burnham, Scott. Beethoven Hero.
Princeton: Princeton UP, 2000.
G825 Course Reader. Available at Collegiate Copies.
Holoman, D. Kern. Writing About Music: A Style Sheet from The
Editors of 19th-Century Music. Berkeley: U of California P, 1988.
Mann, Thomas. Doktor Faustus: Das Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers
Adrian Leverkühn, erzählt von einem Freunde.
Frankfurt a/M: Fischer Taschenbuch, 1998.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Die Zauberflöte.
Stuttgart: Reclam, 1991. Reclam #2620.
Nietzsche, Friedrich. Der Fall Wagner: Richard Wagner in Bayreuth,
Der Fall Wagner, Nietzsche contra Wagner.
Ditzingen: Reclam, 1973.
Subotnik, Rose R. Developing Variations: Style and Ideology in
Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1991.
ISBN or UPC: 0-8166-1874-7
Wagner, Richard. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
Ed. Wilhelm Zentner. Afterword Ulrich Karthaus.
Stuttgart: Reclam, 1999. Reclam #5639.