Robert Musil: Writing Modernity (GER 159)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2011

This course will explore the complex relations between literature and science in one of the most prominent novels of modernity, Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities (1930-1942). An archive of contemporaneous knowledge and culture, this influential novel refers to discourses such as the theory of relativity, mathematics of probability, and experimental psychology among others. Selected literary and scientific texts will supplement our examination of how these discourses are translated into Musil's unique poetics. Note: Discussions and readings in German.