German literature 2
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 27, 2021 al Jan 8, 2022.
The course aims at introducing the students to the most important periods and trends of German 19th Century literature: Classic and Romantic literature, “Vormärz”, “Biedermeier”, Realism. At the end of the course students are required to possess a thourough knowledege of the topics we dealt with, with regard to both the literature-historic aspects as well as the works in German; moreover they are required to be capable of analysing and understanding these texts and to explainf the knowledge acquired in proper German speech.
During the course we will study and analyse literary works by some of the major representatives of 19th-century German literature. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural movements of Biedermeier, Vormärz and Realism.
The following texts will be studied in depth during the lessons:
W. Goethe, West-östlicher Divan, 1819 (poesie scelte distribuite nel corso delle lezioni)
E.T.A. Hoffmann, Meister Floh, 1822
J. Eichendorff, Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts, 1826
H. Heine, Reisebilder, 1822-29 (Die Harzreise)
G. Büchner, Woyzeck, 1836-37
Hebbel, Maria Magdalena, 1843
G. Keller, Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe, 1855-56
T. Fontane, Effi Briest, 1895
Extracts from the texts to be read, translated and commented on during the lessons will be available for download on moodle. Students are required to read the texts completely for the exam.
Students will then have to choose one of the following texts to read and prepare autonomously for the exam:
H. von Kleist: Michael Kohlhaas
E.T.A. Hoffmann: Der Sandmann
G. Büchner: Lenz
A. Stifter: Bergkristall
T. Storm: Der Schimmelreiter
G. Keller: Kleider machen Leute
For a general study of the historical-literary period in question, please refer to the following textbook:
W. Beutin et al., Deutsche Literaturgeschichte. Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart, 8. Auflage, Stuttgart, Metzler, 2013.
Visualizza la bibliografia con Leganto, strumento che il Sistema Bibliotecario mette a disposizione per recuperare i testi in programma d'esame in modo semplice e innovativo.
The final exam will be oral and held in German.
The exam will consist in a conversation aimed at testing:
- depth and wideness of the acquired knowledge
- the ability of critical reflection and analysis of the texts included in the programme
- the ability to contextualize texts from a historical and cultural point of view
The final mark will be in 30ths.