Course Syllabus:

Week 1 (8/28)

Introduction. What is Science? What is Literature? What is their Interconnection?
- Course objectives. Grading, Requirements
- Reading : Barzun: 揙ne Culture Not Two聰
- Reading : Maxwell: Intro to Science of Literature? (2000)

Week 2 (9/2-4)

Goethe. An Introductory Lecture - His Life and Work as a Poet
- Reading : Seamon/Zajonc, Introto Goethe聮s Way of Science (1998)
- Reading : Tantillo, Intro to The Will to Create (2002)

Week 3 (9/9-11)

Goethe. An Introductory Lecture - His Interest in Science
- An Overview: Alchemy - Astrology - Geology - Morphology - Botany - Color Theory - Meteorology
- The Faust legend before Goethe
- Reading : Faust I, verses 1-807
- Interviews with students
- Paper # 1 due. Topic Goethe's Life and Times 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽

Week 4 (9/16-18)

Faust I: The Scholar聮s Tragedy
-聽聽 Reading : Faust I, Verses 807-2007
-聽聽 Essays for Review: Nature
聽聽聽 路 The Experiment as Mediator between Object and Subject
聽聽聽 路 Polarity (physics)
聽聽聽 路 Relationship to Other Fields (physics of color)

聽聽聽 路 Toward a Theory of Weather
聽聽聽 路 The Spiral Tendency in Plants
聽聽聽 路 excerpts from The Metamorphosis of Plants
聽聽聽 路 excerpts from Theory of Color

Week 5 (9/23-25)

18th-Century Mathematics
-聽聽 Carl Friedrich Gauss
-聽聽 Jean le Rond d' Alembert
-聽聽 Nicolas of Cusa and Spinoza
-聽聽 "The Witch's One-Times-One" (Faust)

Week 6 (9/30-10/2)

Goethe's Concept of Nature

Week 7 (10/7-9)

Goethe's Doing of Science. Scientific Style, Some Simple Experiments
-聽聽 Paper #2 due. Topic TBA

Week 8 (10/14-16)

Faust and Theories of Creation
-聽聽 Prologue in Heaven (theory of the heavens)
-聽聽 Night I (alchemy)
-聽聽 Mephistopheles (black magic)
-聽聽 Witch's Kitchen (chaos theory)
-聽聽 The Mothers (energy and matter)

Week 9 (10/21-23)

Fall Break. Class only on 10/23

Week 10 (10/28-30)

Faust, Technology and Evolutionary Science
-聽聽 Thales and Anaxagoras (classical theory of evolution)
-聽聽 Homunculus (alchemy / genetics). Contemporary biological science. Modern developmental biology: On Growth and Form
-聽聽 Euphorion (morphology)
-聽聽 Part II, Act IV, Scene 1: "High Mountains"
-聽聽 Part II, Act V, Final Scene: "Moutain Gorges"
-聽聽 Midterm

Week 11 (11/4-6)

Faust and Creativity
-聽聽 Cloud Formation (Act 5, Final Scene)
-聽聽 Spiral Tendency
-聽聽 Faust and Color Theory(Aam farbigen Abglanz haben wir das Leben)
-聽聽 Reclaiming the unknown ocean. Relationship to contemporary space exploration

Week 12 (11/11-13)

Elective Affinities (story line, social mores, moral dilemmas)

Week 13 (11/18-20)

Elective Affinities: Reflections of 18th century science, Human Volition聽 and Chemistry

Week 14 (11/25-27)

Thanksgiving Break

Week 15 (12/2-4)

Elective Affinities and Botany聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paper #3 due. Topic: Faust, Science, and Technology.

Week 16 (12/9-11)

Summing up. Goethe聮s place in the history of science and in literature.
-聽聽 Goethe's Science Today
-聽聽 Literature and Science: Two cultures or one? Science, the Glorious Entertainment?

Required Texts:

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Elective Affinities. Trans. by R. J. Hollingdale. New York : Penguin, 1986.ISBN 014 04.4242 1

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust, I & II. Trans. by Charles E. Passage. New York : Random House, 1980. [On CDRom for instructional use only.]

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Scientific Studies. Ed. and trans. by Douglas Miller. New York : Suhrkamp Publishers, 1988. ISBN 3-518-02969

Seamon, David and Arthur Zajonc (eds.). Goethe=s Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature. Albany NY : State University of New York Press, 1998. ISBN 0-7914-3682-9

Tantillo, Astrida Orle. The Will to Create: Goethe聮s Philosophy of Nature. Pittsburgh : U of Pittsburgh P, 2002. ISBN 0-8229-4177-5

Recommended Texts:

Amrine, Frederick, F. J. Zucker, and H. Wheeler (eds.). Goethe and the Sciences: A Reappraisal. Dordrecht : Reidel, 1987.

Barzun, Jacques. 聯One Culture Not Two.聰 In: Science the Glorious Entertainment.

Bohm, David and F. David Peat. Science, Order, and Creativity. 2nd Edition. London and New York : Routledge, 2000.

Brinton, Crane (ed.). The Portable Age of Reason Reader. New York : The Viking Press, 1969.

Donat, Sebastian and Hendrik Birus. Goethe. Ein letztes Universalgenie? Gttingen: Wallstein, 1999.

Fink, Karl J. Goethe聮s History of Science. Cambridge : Cambridge U P, 1991.

Maxwell, Donald R. Science or Literature? The Divergent Cultures of Discovery and Creation. New York : Peter Lang, 2000.

No茅-Rumberg, Dorothea-Michaela. Naturgesetze als Dichtungsprinzipien. Goethes verborgene Poetik im Spiegel seiner Dichtungen. Freiburg i. Br.: Rombach Verlag, 1993.

Sepper, Dennis L. Goethe contra Newton : Polemics and the Project for a New Science of Color. Cambridge : Cambridge U P, 1988.

Slade, Joseph W. and Judith Yaross Lee (eds.). Beyond the Two Cultures: Essays on Science, Technology, and Literature. Ames IOWA : Iowa State U P, 1990.

Wyder, Margrit. Goethes Naturmodell. Die Scala Naturae und ihre Transformationen. Weimar und Wien: H. B枚hlau, 1998.