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2019 Summer
* GER 317G (LA)   No Audit

Magic Mountains: Transformations of the Alpine Imaginary in German Culture

Johannes Wankhammer

Why did rugged mountains long regarded as ugly suddenly appear sublime to Romantic observers? What made mountain motifs attractive for nationalist ideologies in German-speaking countries? And what do representations of mountains reveal about changing attitudes toward nature? This course explores German culture's long-standing fascination with mountains in different media, including an eighteenth-century poem that shaped modern attitudes toward the Alps, Romantic narratives that negotiated individual freedom and its limits, landscape painting as a genre that modeled a new outlook on nature, as well as propaganda film and Alpine architecture.

Sample reading list:
Albrecht von Haller, Die Alpen
Friedrich Schiller, Über das Erhabene
Ludwig Tieck, Der Runenberg
Adalbert Stifter, Bergkristall
Max Frisch, Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän
Barbara Lafond-Kettlitz, Die Alpen in Literatur und Malerei

Reading/Writing assignments:
Up to 50 pages of reading per session. Two short papers.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
This class will meet from 6/3/19 to 6/28/19 as part of the Princeton-in-Munich program. It will include excursions to museums in Munich and to sites in the nearby Alps. Taught in German.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10063 C01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:15