GERST 1109

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How did bawdy tales of peasants using magic to climb the social ladder get transformed into moral lessons for children?  The answer lies in Romanticism and its appropriation of the imagination as a force for social transformation.  As Romantics edited older tales for juvenile consumption they wrote new ones for adults. This new fiction created the matrix for modern pop genres like fantasy, science-fiction, murder mysteries, and gothic horror.  To understand this paradigm shift in modern culture, we will read, discuss, and write about a variety of texts the Romantics collected, composed, or inspired, including poetry and film, in addition to classic fairy tales and academic scholarship on the topic.

When Offered Fall, spring.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

Comments No knowledge of German is expected.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded