The course deals with aesthetic and decadent literature from the 19th century, beginning with its roots in Romanticism and following the movement through to the point at which decadence feeds into modernism. Central is the concept of ‘art for art’s sake’, with the course focusing on how this concept challenged the aesthetic and literary conventions of the 19th century, in particular the ideas of ‘realism’ and ‘naturalism’. Additionally, the course considers the ways in which the aesthetic movement related to traditional ideas about the relationship between art and reality.

Responsible teacher: Giles Whiteley

Course plan and application

Information autumn term 2019

  • You have to register on time to keep your place. Online registration for admitted students will be open between 6 and 20 August. Follow the instructions to register.
  • Schedule. Note that the schedule is subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Course description and literature: see attachment

Information spring term 2020

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