Romanticism Prof. Bernhardt-Kabisch MWF 10:10-11:00 BH 146 After 200 years, a knowledge of the phenomenon we call Romanticism remains indispensable to an understanding of the modern condition. In this course we will study representative texts--poetry and fiction as well as drama--by major exponents of German, English, and French Romanticism: Goethe, Novalis, and Hoffmann; Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, the Shelleys, and Keats; and Rousseau, Chateaubriand, Hugo, and Stendhal; plus a sampling from several other writers (Schiller, Heine, Coleridge, Lamartine, Vigny). We will consider the Romantic "movement" less as an "ideology" than as a complex of diverse literary (philosophic, aesthetic, erotic) responses to the epochal, and essentially modern, forces--and problems--unleashed by Enlightenment and Revolution (American, French, Industrial): freedom andderacination, technology and alienation, autonomy and madness. Classes will consist of informal lectures and discussion, with occasional musical and pictorial enhancements. There will be two in-class examinations and three short papers. Graduate students will write a longer term paper in lieu of one of the shorter exercises.