Germanic Languages | German Culture Studies I
G563 | 6156 | William Rasch


TR 2:30-3:45 BH332

Topic: German appropriation of classical Greece, late-18th and 19th
centuries
Traditionally, reactions to what Max Weber referred to as the
differentiation of autonomous value spheres and what his heirs (e.g.,
sociologists like Parsons, Habermas, and Luhmann) have termed the
differentiation of social systems and system rationalities have been
overwhelmingly negative.  Since the 18th century, critics of all
persuasions have bemoaned the “fragmentation” and “alienation” of
modern society.  Many of these luminaries of the German intellectual
tradition have looked to ancient Greece in their search for a
counter-model against which the modern world can be measured and with
which it might be corrected.  The purpose of this course is to examine
the ideal image of Greece and Greek culture they constructed in their
endeavors to imagine the possibility of fashioning through education
the modern individual into a harmonious whole in a society likewise
healed of its all too contemporary wounds.

Texts:
Hegel: Philosophie der Geschichte

Herder: Auch eine Philosophie der Geschichte zur Bildung der Menschheit

Hölderlin: Hyperion oder Der Eremit in Griechenland

Nietzsche: Die Geburt der Tragödie aus dem Geiste der Musik

Schiller: Über naive und sentimentalische Dichtung

Winckelmann: Gedanken über die Nachahmung der Griechischen Werke in
der Malerei und Bildhauerkunst

Course reader (E-reserve or photocopy): Texts by Goethe, Herz,
Hölderlin, W. v. Humboldt, Jaeger, Lukács, Nietzsche, Pound, Schiller,
Schleiermacher, R. Varnhagen, Wilamowitz, and others.