Realism (GER 175)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2005

Focusing on the problem of "objective" representations of reality, the course concentrates on leading representatives of "bourgeois realism": Gottfried Keller, Wilhelm Raabe, Theodor Storm, Theodor Fontane, and Conrad Ferdinand Meyer. Through close reading of texts, the course explores how narrative techniques create realistic effects. Attention is paid to the visual arts and sciences in the second half of the 19th century as important contexts for literature of the period.