I have to cancel class this Tuesday, Feb. 15. My apologies. So that we don’t lose the thread altogether, go to the library page– http://www.library.sfsu.edu/ — and click on the link Films on Demand. If you’re off campus you’ll need to sign in. Do a title search for Life During the Early Years of Napoleon’s Reign. This short documentary will give you a sense of the social and historical context of the period when Goethe wrote Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship. Unless I take a turn for the worse, we’ll have class as planned on Thursday. And I’ll leave you with this, a quote from the first volume of Eric Hobsbawm’s history of the Long 19th Century (another periodization!) which treats the years 1789-1848 in Europe:
“If a single misleading sentence is to sum up the relations of artist and society in this era, we might say that the French Revolution inspired him by its example, the Industrial Revolution by its horror, and the bourgeois society, which emerged from both, transformed his very existence and modes of creation” (The Age of Revolution 255).