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Peter Hess

Associate Professor Ph.D., German Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Peter Hess

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Interests

(1) Early modern German & European literary & cultural history, 1450-1750, history of science, gender issues, poetics, rhetoric. (2) small countries in Europe, Swiss literature & culture

GER 392 • Space, Travel, And Discovery

37355 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm BUR 232
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Perhaps the most important innovation in Early Modern Europe was a fundamental change of conceptions of space and of the human relationship to it--the discovery of perspective by Leonardo da Vinci, which puts the observing individual into its center, being the most obvious example. The link between knowledge and space was famously established by Petrarch in his hike up Mont Ventoux in 1336. Francis Bacon made the connection in the frontispiece to his Novum Organum (1620), which demanded an end to the conventional deductive method: Bacon's quest for knowledge is represented spatially by a single ship sailing into the open Atlantic past the pillars of Hercules, which guarded the straits of Gibraltar--the earth had become an endless sphere.

 

The Scientific Revolution was significantly a revolution of space and its perception: with the help of the microscope and telescope, humans gained access to spatial universes which were inaccessible before, and European discoveries of unknown parts of the world had to be integrated into existing systems of knowledge which were hostile to new empirical evidence. The `discovery' of America disrupted the spatial order as well as the anthropological order: it brought into focus issues of alterity, cultural superiority, and basic definitions of humanity.

 

We will look at the evolution of travel literature which as a genre underwent fundamental changes during our period of investigation. In the late Middle Ages reports on pilgrimages, particularly to Palestine, still are the only form of travel literature. Travel through the physical world merely serves as allegory of the pilgrim's spiritual journey.

 

Scholarship in cultural history responded with the so-called spatial turn, that is an effort to examine the relationship between space and human culture and civilization and to integrate spatial discoveries into the system of knowledge. One outgrowth of the renewed interest in space is a growing preoccupation with conceptions of alterity as can be seen in the vivid discussions of Native Americans and and encounters with the cultures of the Orient. The course also will consider the effects of the first age of globalization that was ushered in by the new sea routes to the Americas established by the Spaniards and to East Asia by the Portuguese.

 

This course takes an interest in the interaction between space and human culture and civilization and in the integration of spatial discoveries into the system of knowledge. It explores texts written from the late 15th century to the time of Goethe that deal with the human interaction with space, both in fictional and non-fictional narratives--the pre-

modern age does not make that formal distinction.

 

 

Evaluation

 

1) Research paper (15-20 pages):                              50%

2) Paper proposal (outline, abstract):                        5%

3) Three short oral presentations:                            15%

4) Long oral presentation (20 minutes):                 20%

4) Participation:                                                            10%

 

 

Texts (tentative)

*  Columbus-Letter (1492/93)

*  Sebastian Brant: Das Narrenschiff (1494; excerpts)

*  Albrecht Dürer: Tagebuch (excerpts)

*  Hans Staden: Wahrhafftige Historia vnd beschreibung eyner Landtschafft der

Wilden, Nacketen, Grimmigen Menschfresser Leuthen (1557)

*  Nicolaus Federmann: Indianische Historia (1557)

*  Bernhard von Breidenbach: Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam (1486)

*  Sigmund Feyerabend: Reyssbuch dess Heyligen Landes (1584)

*  Johann Fischart: Das Glückhafft Schiff von Zürich (1577)

*  Grimmelshausen: Simplicissimus (1668; excerpts)

*  Johann Valentin Andreae: Christianopolis (1619)

*  Francis Bacon: New Atlantis (1627; excerpts)

*  Tommaso Campanella: Civitas Solis (1602/23)

*  Adam Olearius: Vermehrte Neue Beschreibung der Muscowitischen und Persischen

Reyse (1656; excerpts)

*  Johann Gottfried Schnabel: Insel Felsenburg (1731; excerpts)

*  Albrecht von Haller: Die Alpen (1724)

*  Maria Sibylla Merian: Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (1705)

*  Georg Forster: Reise um die Welt (1780)

*  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Italienische Reise (1816/17; excerpts)

GER 340C • Hist Backgrounds Of German Civ

38025 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GEA 114
(also listed as EUS 346 )
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DESCRIPTION:
Beginning with the development of medieval cities and concluding with the French Revolution, this course focuses on the historical, cultural, and literary development of German-speaking Europe. Political, social, religious, economic, and philosophical developments as well as architecture, art, music, and literature of the time period will be discussed. History will not be discussed in terms of specific events but rather in terms of large-scale developments and factors that contributed to them; focus will be on cultural history. Most importantly, we will learn to understand how Germany's past helped shape the Germany we know today.

You will be assigned daily readings and should expect to turn in at least one homework assignment per week. Some assignments will require group work (work in groups is generally encouraged). You also should expect one or two additional assignments that will require you to visit the Blanton Museum of Art and the HRC. You are expected to read the relevant pages in the textbook and/or the materials posted on Blackboard in preparation for every class. One objective of this course is vocabulary building: you will receive lists with vocabulary taken from the reading assignment, and you are expected to be able to use that vocabulary in your homework and during exams. This course will be taught in German, but any motivated student with at least four semesters of college German can take this course. More than two unexcused absences may result in a lower grade.

TEXTS:
Hans-Georg Hofacker and Thomas Schuler. Geschichtsbuch 2: Das Mittelalter und die frühe Neuzeit. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1994. ISBN 3-464-64202-X

Hilke Günther-Arndt and Jürgen Kocka. Geschichtsbuch 3: Vom Zeitalter des Absolutismus bis zum Ende des Ersten Weltkrieges. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1995. ISBN 3-464-64203-8

GRADING:
homework    10%
class participation (incl. in-class group work notes)    10%
class presentation (in German)    15%
three short papers (2-3 pages)    15%
three hourly exams (15+15+20%)    50%

GER 340C • Hist Backgrounds Of German Civ

38010 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GEA 114
(also listed as EUS 346 )
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DESCRIPTION:
Beginning with the development of medieval cities and concluding with the French Revolution, this course focuses on the historical, cultural, and literary development of German-speaking Europe. Political, social, religious, economic, and philosophical developments as well as architecture, art, music, and literature of the time period will be discussed. History will not be discussed in terms of specific events but rather in terms of large-scale developments and factors that contributed to them; focus will be on cultural history. Most importantly, we will learn to understand how Germany's past helped shape the Germany we know today.

You will be assigned daily readings and should expect to turn in at least one homework assignment per week. Some assignments will require group work (work in groups is generally encouraged). You also should expect one or two additional assignments that will require you to visit the Blanton Museum of Art and the HRC. You are expected to read the relevant pages in the textbook and/or the materials posted on Blackboard in preparation for every class. One objective of this course is vocabulary building: you will receive lists with vocabulary taken from the reading assignment, and you are expected to be able to use that vocabulary in your homework and during exams. This course will be taught in German, but any motivated student with at least four semesters of college German can take this course. More than two unexcused absences may result in a lower grade.

TEXTS:
Hans-Georg Hofacker and Thomas Schuler. Geschichtsbuch 2: Das Mittelalter und die frühe Neuzeit. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1994. ISBN 3-464-64202-X

Hilke Günther-Arndt and Jürgen Kocka. Geschichtsbuch 3: Vom Zeitalter des Absolutismus bis zum Ende des Ersten Weltkrieges. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1995. ISBN 3-464-64203-8

GRADING:
homework    10%
class participation (incl. in-class group work notes)    10%
class presentation (in German)    15%
three short papers (2-3 pages)    15%
three hourly exams (15+15+20%)    50%

GER 340C • Hist Backgrounds Of German Civ

37805 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm RLM 5.112
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DESCRIPTION:
Beginning with the development of medieval cities and concluding with the French Revolution, this course focuses on the historical, cultural, and literary development of German-speaking Europe. Political, social, religious, economic, and philosophical developments as well as architecture, art, music, and literature of the time period will be discussed. History will not be discussed in terms of specific events but rather in terms of large-scale developments and factors that contributed to them; focus will be on cultural history. Most importantly, we will learn to understand how Germany's past helped shape the Germany we know today.

You will be assigned daily readings and should expect to turn in at least one homework assignment per week. Some assignments will require group work (work in groups is generally encouraged). You also should expect one or two additional assignments that will require you to visit the Blanton Museum of Art and the HRC. You are expected to read the relevant pages in the textbook and/or the materials posted on Blackboard in preparation for every class. One objective of this course is vocabulary building: you will receive lists with vocabulary taken from the reading assignment, and you are expected to be able to use that vocabulary in your homework and during exams. This course will be taught in German, but any motivated student with at least four semesters of college German can take this course. More than two unexcused absences may result in a lower grade.

TEXTS:
Hans-Georg Hofacker and Thomas Schuler. Geschichtsbuch 2: Das Mittelalter und die frühe Neuzeit. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1994. ISBN 3-464-64202-X

Hilke Günther-Arndt and Jürgen Kocka. Geschichtsbuch 3: Vom Zeitalter des Absolutismus bis zum Ende des Ersten Weltkrieges. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1995. ISBN 3-464-64203-8

GRADING:
homework    10%
class participation (incl. in-class group work notes)    10%
class presentation (in German)    15%
three short papers (2-3 pages)    15%
three hourly exams (15+15+20%)    50%

GER 386 • Ger Lit/Cul: Renais/Ref-Broq

38135 • Spring 2010
Meets MW 1230pm-200pm BUR 232
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GER 340C • Hist Backgrounds Of German Civ

38415 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GEA 114
(also listed as EUS 346 )
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DEPARTMENT OF GERMANIC STUDIES

 

 

Course Number:           GER 340C: German Culture, 1200-1800 (38415)

Crosslisting:                  EUS 346 (36455)

Semester:                     Fall 2009 (T/Th 1230-2:00), GEA 114

Instructor:                     Peter Hess (BUR 356; 232-6362; phess@mail.utexas.edu)

Office Hours:                T/Th 2-3:30, and by appointment

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

 

Beginning with the development of medieval cities and concluding with the French Revolution, this course focuses on the historical, cultural, and literary development of German-speaking Europe. Political, social, religious, economic, and philosophical developments as well as architecture, art, music, and literature of the time period will be discussed. History will not be discussed in terms of specific events but rather in terms of large-scale developments and factors that contributed to them; focus will be on cultural history. Most importantly, we will learn to understand how Germany's past helped shape the Germany we know today.

 

You will be assigned daily readings and should expect to turn in at least one homework assignment per week. Some assignments will require group work (work in groups is generally encouraged). You also should expect one or two additional assignments that will require you to visit the Blanton Museum of Art and the HRC. You are expected to read the relevant pages in the textbook and/or the materials posted on Blackboard in preparation for every class. One objective of this course is vocabulary building: you will receive lists with vocabulary taken from the reading assignment, and you are expected to be able to use that vocabulary in your homework and during exams. This course will be taught in German, but any motivated student with at least four semesters of college German can take this course. More than two unexcused absences may result in a lower grade.

 

CLASS AND CLASSROOM POLICIES:

 

Cell phones must be turned off in class; computers may be used only for note-taking or to search course-related materials. If a student uses electronic devices for non-class related activities and creates a disturbance s/he will be asked to leave for the remainder of that class.

 

ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE:

 

Academic Assistance is provided by the UT Learning Center, in Jester Center, Room A332A. It offers help with college-level writing, reading, and learning strategies. It is free to all currently enrolled students. For requesting help you need in using the main library (PCL) or the Fine Arts Library (for films), see:

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/services/assistive/policy.html

 

 

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:

 

The University of Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-6441 TTY. Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodations should contact the Service for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. This letter must be given to your instructor to receive accommodations. See: http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/index.php

 

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ABSENCES:

 

Students can make up work missed because of a religious holiday as long as they provide the instructor with documentation at least one week before the holiday occurs. The same applies to official university obligations like Club or Varsity sports. Documentation from a physician is required for medical absence;  arrangements for work to be made up must be made promptly, and in no case should the work be completed more than two weeks after the absence. Other absences (e.g. family events) must be arranged for at least one week in advance and missed work must be turned in at the next class session after return.

 

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:

 

Plagiarism and other forms of scholastic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Students. Cheating on tests or plagiarism on  papers is an F for the assignment, with no makeup possible.  If you engage in any form of scholastic dishonesty more than once, you will receive an automatic F for the course.

 

TEXTS:

 

Hans-Georg Hofacker and Thomas Schuler.

Geschichtsbuch 2: Das Mittelalter und die frühe Neuzeit. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1994.

ISBN 3-464-64202-X

 

Hilke Günther-Arndt and Jürgen Kocka.

Geschichtsbuch 3: Vom Zeitalter des Absolutismus bis zum Ende des Ersten Weltkrieges. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1995.

ISBN 3-464-64203-8

 

GRADING:

 

homework                                                                                10%

class participation (incl. in-class group work notes)                    10%

class presentation (in German)                                       15%

three short papers (2-3 pages)                                                  15%

three hourly exams (15+15+20%)                                             50%


GER 340C: German Culture, 1200-1800 (38415)

Fall 2009

 

 

LEHRPLAN

 

27.8.         Einführung (Thema, Lehrplan, Lesestrategie)

 

I. Kultur des Mittelalters

 

1.9.                "Hinweise zur Benutzung" (5)

Bauern und Adlige im Mittelalter

"Adel und Lehnswesen" (19)

"Die Welt der Ritter und Edelfrauen" (21-23)

"Die mittelalterliche Ständeordnung" (26-27)

Der Bauernhof (18)

H: Arbeitsblatt: Welt der Ritter

G: 26-27: Ständeordnung

 

3.9.           Höfische Kultur und Klosterkultur

     *   Walther von der Vogelweide: Ich saß auf einem Steine

                      *   Walther von der Vogelweide: Unter den Linden

                      *   Carmina Burana: "O fortuna"; "In taberna"

 

8.9.           Alltagsleben in der Stadt im Spätmittelalter

"Hinter den Stadtmauern" (33)

"Die Entstehung der Städte" (34-36)

"Arbeit und Handel in der Stadt" (37-38)

H: Arbeitsblatt: Entstehung der Städte

 

10.9.         Die soziale Gliederung der Stadt

"Gesellschaft und Herrschaft in der Stadt" (40-42)

"Zentren des Fernhandels in Europa" (45-47)

H: Arbeitsblatt: Herrschaft in der Stadt

G: Rollenspiel: der Kaiser besucht die Stadt (40-42)

 

15.9.         Kunst und Kultur im Mittelalter

"Stadtspiel" (51)

*   Oswald von Wolkenstein: "Ach senliches Leiden"

*   Oswald von Wolkenstein: "Nu huss"

R: Oswald von Wolkenstein

 

17.9.         Europa im Umbruch (1350-1450)

"Europa um 1500: Krise und Neubeginn" (125)

"Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft" (126-130)

"Aufbau einer Handelsgesellschaft um 1500 (131-132)

H: Arbeitsblatt: Berufsleben im 15. Jahrhundert

R: die Pest

G: 130 "Großunternehmen" pro/kontra; 131/1; 131/2a; 132/2b-c; 132/3

 

22.9.              "Der Staat zwischen Mittelalter und Neuzeit" (134-136)

"Vom Alltag des Volkes" (140-142)

G: Lebensabschnitte, Lebensentscheidungen (140-142)

 

24.9.         ERSTE PRÜFUNG

 

II. Humanismus und Renaissance

 

29.9.         Neues Weltbild von Humanismus und Renaissance

"Humanismus und Renaissance" (145-147)

"Bewusstsein von Zeit und Raum" (151-152)

H: Arbeitsblatt: Was ist Humanismus?

G: 148/1a-c; 148/1d; 149/1e; 133/4a; 133/4b

R: Erasmus

R: Albrecht Dürer

 

1.10.         Kultur und Wissenschat von Renaissance und Humanismus

"Der Bergbau im 16. Jahrhundert" (133/129)

G: 148/1a-c; 148/1d; 149/1e; 133/4a; 133/4b

R: Kopernicus / Heliozentrismus

 

"Kunst und Technik" (148-150; 153)

"Sprichwörterrätsel" (155)

***      Blanton Hausaufgabe: Kunst der Renaissance

 

6.10.         Humanistische Literatur

*   Conrad Celtis: "An Apollo"

*   Hans Sachs: "Das Schlauraffen Landt"

*   Matthias Holtzwart: Emblematum tyrocinia (Auszug)

R: Conrad Celtis

R: Emblem                  

 

8.10               *   Hermann Bote: Dil Ulenspiegel

H: Arbeitsblatt: Botes Ulenspiegel

 

III. Reformation und Religionskriege

 

13.10.       Reformation und Glaubenskriege

"Reformation und Glaubenskriege" (157)

"Wie [...] die Glaubensspaltung entsteht" (158-160)

"Das Bild als Waffe" (161-162)

G: 161/1a; 161/1b; 161/1c; 161/1d (Fragen 162/2)

R: Martin Luther

***      HRC Hausaufgabe: Gutenberg-Bibel

 

15.10             *   Marin Luther: "Von der Freiheit eines Christenmenschen"

*   Wider die räuberischen und mörderischen Rotten der Bauern

"Ritteraufstand und Bauernkrieg" (169-171)

H: Arbeitsblatt: Luthers Thesen

 

20.10.            "Die Reformation und die Gesellschaft" (164-168)

"Die reformierte Lateinschule" (163)

H: Arbeitsblatt: Beteiligte an der Reformation

G: 169/2a; 170/2b; 170/2c; 171/3a; 171/3b

R: Kaiser Karl V.

 

22.10.       Gegenreformation und Konfessionalismus

"Calvinismus, Gegenreformation und Glaubensspaltung" (172-174)

"Frauen um 1600" (179-181)

R: Jean Calvin oder Ulrich Zwingli

 

27.10.       ZWEITE PRÜFUNG

 

IV. Barockkultur und Absolutismus

 

29.10.       Der Dreißigjährige Krieg (1618-1648)

"Die Niederlande" (177-178)

"Der Dreißigjährige Krieg" (182-187)

"Bilderrätsel" (189)

G: 185/2a; 186/2b-d: 186/3; 189

R: Andreas Gryphius

*   Andreas Gryphius: "Thränen deß Vaterlandes Anno 1636"

***      Blanton Hausaufgabe: Kunst des Barock

 

2.11.         Der absolutistische Staat: Frankreich

"Staaten und Gesellschaften" (19)

"Frankreich: Ein Modell für Europa" (20-23)

höfische Kultur: repräsentative Architektur

*   Grimmelshausen: Simplicissimus (Auszüge)

 

5.11.         Merkantilismus

"Die neue Wirtschaftsform: Merkantilismus" (24-27)

H: Arbeitsblatt: Definition des absolutistischen Staates

     G: 24/2; 25f/3-4; 26/5; 27/7; 27/8

R: Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

10.11.       Kunst und Musik des Barock und Rokoko

R: Balthasar Neumann

R: Johann Sebastian Bach

*   Lieder der Renaissance und des Barock

 

12.11.       Barockliteratur

*   Andreas Gryphius: "Menschliches Elende"

*   Christian Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau: "Vergänglichkeit der Schönheit"

*   Paul Fleming: "Wie er wolle geküsset sein"; "Herrn Paul Flemingi der Med. Doct. Grabschrifft"

 

V. Aufklärung

 

17.11.       Philosophie der Aufklärung

*   Immanuel Kant: Was ist Aufklärung? (1784)

*   Johann Wolfgang Goethe: "Auf dem See"

 

19.11.       Der absolutistische Staat: Deutsches Reich

"Die preußischen Könige: vom despotischen zum aufgeklärtem Absolutismus" (28-32)

"Die Aufklärung und Friedrich II. von Preußen (33-35; 13)

G: 13/4; 33/1; 33/2; 34/3-5

R: König Friedrich II. von Preußen

 

24.11.            "Die Politik der europäischen Großmächte im 18. Jh." (36-38)

R: Joseph Haydn oder Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

R: Ludwig van Beethoven

R: Lieder von Franz Schubert

R: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

26.11.       THANKSGIVING

 

1.12.         Die Französische Revolution

"Bürgerliche Revolutionen 1776-1815" (51)

"Die Französische Revolution" (60-62)

"Die Auswirkungen der Französischen Revolution" (78-82)

"Agrarreform in Preußen" (83-85)

"Zeittafel" (86-87)

 

3.12.         DRITTE PRÜFUNG

GER 340C • Hist Backgrounds Of German Civ

37470 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 930-1100 JES A203A
(also listed as EUS 346 )
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DESCRIPTION:
Beginning with the development of medieval cities and concluding with the French Revolution, this course focuses on the historical, cultural, and literary development of German-speaking Europe. Political, social, religious, economic, and philosophical developments as well as architecture, art, music, and literature of the time period will be discussed. History will not be discussed in terms of specific events but rather in terms of large-scale developments and factors that contributed to them; focus will be on cultural history. Most importantly, we will learn to understand how Germany's past helped shape the Germany we know today.

You will be assigned daily readings and should expect to turn in at least one homework assignment per week. Some assignments will require group work (work in groups is generally encouraged). You also should expect one or two additional assignments that will require you to visit the Blanton Museum of Art and the HRC. You are expected to read the relevant pages in the textbook and/or the materials posted on Blackboard in preparation for every class. One objective of this course is vocabulary building: you will receive lists with vocabulary taken from the reading assignment, and you are expected to be able to use that vocabulary in your homework and during exams. This course will be taught in German, but any motivated student with at least four semesters of college German can take this course. More than two unexcused absences may result in a lower grade.

TEXTS:
Hans-Georg Hofacker and Thomas Schuler. Geschichtsbuch 2: Das Mittelalter und die frühe Neuzeit. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1994. ISBN 3-464-64202-X

Hilke Günther-Arndt and Jürgen Kocka. Geschichtsbuch 3: Vom Zeitalter des Absolutismus bis zum Ende des Ersten Weltkrieges. Berlin: Cornelsen, 1995. ISBN 3-464-64203-8

GRADING:
homework    10%
class participation (incl. in-class group work notes)    10%
class presentation (in German)    15%
three short papers (2-3 pages)    15%
three hourly exams (15+15+20%)    50%

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