Courses: Sex, Crime, Madness: The Birth of Modernism and Aesthetics of Transgression (GERMH320A01)
The emancipation from rule-bound poetics, didactic, and moral constraints led to a redifinition of literature around 1800, for which the classic/classicist triad of the true, the good, and the beautiful was no longer valid. The successful separation from extra-aesthetic determinants opened up new representational possibilities, in which the "beautiful" became boring and the "ugly" became interesting. Focusing on major literary figures from Goethe to Brecht, the seminar will examine the 'paradigm shift' towards a modern aesthetics of transgression in which social, racial, and sexual deviancy take center stage.
Fulfills: HU III
Haverford, Gest 103