Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 26, 2022 al Dec 23, 2022.
The course aims at introducing the students to the most important periods and trends of German 19th Century literature: Romantic literature, “Vormärz”, “Biedermeier”, Realism, Naturalism. 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 analyzing and understanding these texts and to explain the knowledge acquired in proper German speech.
Prerequisites and basic notions
The following prerequisites are necessary for attending the course
- a discrete knowledge of the German language
- mastering the main fundamentals of textual analysis
- basic knowledge of 19th century European cultural history
- passion for reading
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 during the lessons:
H. von Kleist: Die Marquise von O.
E.T.A. Hofmann: Der Sandmann
H. Heine: Die Harzreise
G. Büchner: Woyzeck
A. von Droste-Hülshoff: Die Judenbuche
G. Keller: Romeo und Julia aus dem Dorfe
T. Fontane: Effi Briest
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: Penthesilea
J. von Eichendorff: Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts
E.T.A. Hoffmann: Meister Floh
G. Büchner: Lenz
A. Stifter: Bergkristall
T. Storm: Immensee
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.
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The main teaching modality is frontal teaching. During the lessons, however, the students will engage in short exercises in reading, comprehension and commentary on the texts.
Learning assessment procedures
The final exam will be oral, held in German, and will cover the entire course programme.
ERASMUS students should please contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree upon the exam modality.
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
- the ability to contextualize texts from a historical and cultural point of view
Criteria for the composition of the final grade
The final mark will be in 30ths.
Tedesco / German