Nature and the City in German Literature, Visual Arts and Film (MLG1018)

15 credits

German culture to this very day is often seen as heavily determined by an understanding of nature. We will make the effort to understand and systematise this ‘green’ view of German identity by tracing it back to its origins in the 18th century and then observing its evolution over the 19th century to the Weimar Republic in the early 20th century. In order to fully understand different concepts of nature we need to confront them with the opposite concept, that of the city. By dealing with poetry, a novella, fine arts and the cinema you will receive ideas of how to reflect, speak and write about the different fields of cultural studies.