Romanticism and Its Off-Shoots: Countering the Enlightenment in Philosophical Literature and the Visual Arts

MET IS 460

This course explores various currents, paradoxes, and extensions of Romanticism, especially as this movement took shape in Europe and America, with a special focus on philosophical literature and the visual arts. We will begin with some central ideas and themes of German Romantic thinkers, exploring how these ideas and themes are also evoked by British and American writers as well as by European and American painters. We will identify and analyze Romantic themes and styles in early German expressionist films, in British gothic fantasy movies, and in American motion pictures about western frontier heroes. In the concluding part of the course, we will study twentieth-century extension or ?offshoots? of Romanticism, such as existentialism, depth-psychology, and the philosophy of nature. (4 cr.)

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