19th. CENTURY GERMAN CULTURE - 1st semester


To analyse works and respective author’s style with the help of the own artist’s or/ and critic’s commentaries and the study of the pertinent theoretical work of the respective aesthetic movement in order to identify movement, work, style and author.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Fernando Ribeiro


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



A2.2 language level


Berghahn,V.(2003). Das Kaiserreich 1871-1914: Industriegesellschaft, bürgerliche Kultur und autoritärer Staat. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta.
Blackbourn,D.(2003). History of Germany, 1780-1918: The Long Nineteenth Century. London: Blackwell.
Chickering,R.(1996). Imperial Germany: A Historiographical Companion.Westport. Connecticut: Greenwood Press.
Chickering,R.(2004). Imperial Germany and the Great War,1914-1918. Cambridge: U.P..
Frie,E.(2004). Das Deutsche Kaiserreich. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
Matthew,J.,M.(2003). Imperial Culture in Germany, 1871-1918. N.Y: Macmillan.
Lerman,K.A.(2004).Bismarck. Harlow: Pearson Longmann.
Martell,G. (2011).A Companion to Europe 1900-1945.Oxford:Blackwell.
Mommsen,W.(2002).Die Urkatastrophe Deutschlands: Der Erste Weltkrieg 1914-1918. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta.
Müller, S.O., et al.(2009). Das Deutsche Kaiserreich in der Kontroverse. Probleme und Perspektiven. Götting.:Vandenhöck&Ruprecht.

Teaching method

The teaching method is mainly through exposition lectures, analysis and comment on selected documents aiming the comprehension of Germany between 1871-1918; also includes lectures about values, facts, personalities, and social, political, cultural dominant groups leading German growth during XIXth.

Evaluation method

Assessment: three open-book tests (85%); three individual small assignments and qualified participation in class ( 15%).

Subject matter

Studying German romanticism by describing, analyzing and defining::
1) symbolic nature and non nature features present in the paintings of C.D.Friedrich,O. Runge, C.G.Carus among other 19th. century German painters.
2) symbolic nature and non nature features present in Brüder Grimm’s Märchen.
3)the importance of the irrational, the unconscious, in both literary texts and paintings of german romantic authors.
2)the importance of irony as a modern aesthetical device.