Wanderers and Walkers in German Literature

Nicola Behrmann (German)

This seminar explores various figures of wandering and walking as pathways for unresolved inner conflicts that can be found in a range of German literature ranging from early 19th to early 20th century: Ludwig Tieck’s “Der Runenberg,” Georg Büchner’s Lenz, Richard Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman, Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Robert Walser’s The Walk, and Franz Kafka’s Amerika. We will consider the textual movement of straying, strolling, stumbling, and, at times, running under the auspices of Freud’s seminal text on “Mourning and Melancholia.” We will also discuss our readings in regard to models of walking and wandering in American literature and pop culture.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 06 index 32009