FL 250: German Civilization,
18th Century to the Present
- Culture, Nation, Heimat:
- 18th Century to the Present
- Germany? But where is
it? I do not know how to find the country.
- Germans, you hope in
vain to form yourself into a nation.
- Instead develop yourself,
you can do it, more freely as human beings.
- What does it mean to be German? How have Germans
defined themselves over time and what role has this definition
played in the quest for a politically unified German nation? How
have developments in German arts and letters helped to form a
collective and uniquely German identity? This course examines
German cultural history from the eighteenth century to the present.
Special emphasis will be placed on Germany's central European
location and shifting borders, its diversity of political forms
and turbulent road to nationhood, and major developments in the
visual arts, music, literature, and philosophy. Texts range from
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Goethe's Urfaust
to Christo's Wrapped Reichstag and Christa Wolf's recent
controversial novel on the secret police, What Remains.
(This course counts towards the German major, German minor and