Idyll: An underestimated genre (Graduate)





Idyll is often seen as mere kitsch. But this might change. Today, the modes and styles of expressing personal and social "happiness" are no longer bound to an ambitious agenda for personal perfection or to an explicit political utopia. Could this result in a new interest in the idyll as a key form to address happiness? The seminar will examine key moments in the history of this genre from the 18th century to the present.