This course critically examines titles in German literature and thought. Nature and environment are used to explore alienation, artistic inspiration, nihilism exploitation, sexuality, rural versus urban, meaning of the Earth, cultural renewal, identity and gender. This survey of German classics covers conceptions of nature such as idylls, artificial environments, human nature (generation, milieu), failed natures and monstrosities, wilderness etc. Taught in English. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: ideals and values.