Germany has a long tradition in magic and the occult sciences, whether through its practitioners or its representation in literature. Some of the more well-known historical figures of German-speaking origin who were involved in one way or another in the occult sciences or occult societies include the legendary Faust figure, Paracelsus, Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim and many German poets and artists, such as Goethe, Schiller and Mozart to name a few. The purpose of this class is to take a new look at German literature – from an occult perspective. Considering the importance of some of the works, such as Faust, to world literature in general, it is important to understand the background in the occult sciences, on which works such as this one are based. When reading some popular works by authors such as Goethe and E.T.A. Hoffmann, for example, it is essential to have at least a basic understanding of occult sciences and the importance of occult ritual and initiation to fully comprehend and appreciate the works themselves. Germany was also instrumental in introducing monsters, such as the vampire and the Golem (considered to be the source for the Frankenstein monster) to literature and film. In addition to reading theory of magic, monsters and occult sciences, such as magic, alchemy and Cabala, students will have the opportunity to view films that address the themes and literature that will be covered in the course. Taught in English or German.
Satisfies Core Area IV (Humanities and the Arts) and the Franklin College Literature requirement.