The Fantastic in Literature of the 19th Century
This course will focus on texts that exude the aura of the “fantastic” in German, English, American, French, and Russian literature, most originating in the 19th century. We will read and discuss stories by Tieck, Hoffmann, Kleist, Mary Shelley, Melville, Poe, Hawthorne, Schnitzler, and Gogol that deal wi th the phenomenon of the inscrutable in life and literature. We will also draw on various theories about demonic, gothic, fantastic, and romantic imagination (e.g., Freud, Todorov) and relate them to the texts we are analyzing.
Requirements: Active participation in discussions, several short paragraphs, mid-term exam, and a final take-home exam.