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First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Reflexes of Romanticism

Semester and Year FA 2015
Course Number FIRST-UG95
Section 001
Instructor Andrew Libby
Days MW
Time 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U


Open to Gallatin first-year students only.


What is Romanticism and how, after 200 years, are the Romantics still influencing culture? This course explores the literature, art, music, and thought of the so-called "Romantic era" of Europe during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. We will examine the historical contexts that gave rise to Romantic culture and the intellectual and cultural production of the movement itself: the ways in which the Romantics retooled values associated with the Enlightenment, such as critique, reason, scientific progress, equality, and individual subjectivity, toward new aesthetic, social, and political ends. We will investigate the ways in which the Romantics privileged the imagination and enabled new considerations of liberal education and social revolution. Finally, we will read post-Romantic writers such as Nietzsche, Dickinson, and Freud, for what we will consider as their radicalized romantic reflexes. The seminar will involve discussion, experiential exercises, writing (analytical and creative), and group projects. We will employ methods and theories from an array of disciplines: philosophy, critical theory, gender/queer theory, and art history. Readings may include Rousseau, Kant, Wheatley, Schiller, Coleridge,Goethe, P. Fitzgerald, M. Wollstonecraft , M. Shelley, P. B. Shelley, Keats, and we will look at the visual art of Delacroix, Turner, Odilon Redon, Fredercik Edwin Church, Caspar David Friedrich, Goya.


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First-Year Program: Interdisciplinary Seminars (FIRST-UG)