German 177
Nietzsche, Hesse, and Mann
Spring 1990
Eric Downing
508 Boylston


Course Description:

Explores Nietzsche's philosophical reflections on literature as well as Hesse's and Mann's literary thematization of Nietzsche's philosophy. Special emphasis placed on the changing conception of character from a literary, philosophical and psychological perspective, including the role of myth in that changing conception; on music and language; and on Nietzsche's cultural and moral critique and its reevaluation by Hesse and Mann in light of the political crises of their time.

Reading List:

Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy
The Case of Wagner
The Gay Science
The Genealogy of Morals
Hesse, Demian
Steppenwolf
Magister Ludi
Mann, Stories of Three Decades
Doktor Faustus

Schedule of Events:

Jan 31 Intro

Feb

5

The Birth of Tragedy
  7 The Birth of Tragedy
 
12

The Gay Science
  14 The Gay Science
 
19

HOLIDAY
  21 The Case of Wagner
 
26

The Genealogy of Morals
  28 The Genealogy of Morals

Mar

5

Demian
  7 Demian
 
12

Steppenwolf
  14 Steppenwolf
 
19

Magister Ludi
  21 Magister Ludi
 
26

SPRING BREAK
  28 SPRING BREAK

Apr

2

Tonio Kröger
  4 Little Herr Friedemann, The Dilletante
 
9

Death in Venice
  11 Tristan, Felix Krull
 
16

Doktor Faustus
  18 Doktor Faustus
 
23

Doktor Faustus
  25 Doktor Faustus

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