Reformation and Rapture, the Sinner and the Saved: An Introduction to Germany in the Early Modern Period (MLG2002)

15 credits

Events of the 16th and 17th centuries had a profound influence on the course of German history and German national identity.  In the first part of this module we explore these events, focusing specifically on the Lutheran reformation and the Thirty Years’ War. In the second part, I introduce you to two texts from this period, one on the contemporary witchcraze, the other a short novel set against the chaos of the war. We examine these works for what they reveal about the culture of the age, its attitudes towards gender and emotion, and its perception of virtue and vice.