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The Rhetoric of Futurity in German Literature Around 1800
An examination of the transformation of the discourse concerning the future in literary and philosophical texts, especially the assertion of differences among past, present and future periods. The relationship between a historical epistemology of knowledge about the future and a rhetorical analysis of speech acts. Texts include Kant's Anthropology," Jean Paul's Conjectural Biography, Schiller's Wallenstein, Goethe's Hermann und Dorothea, Schleiermacher's Monologues and Schlegel's Athenaeum Fragments. This course will be conducted in German.
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