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: Classic and Romantic literature, “Vormärz”, “Biedermeier”, Realism. At the end of the course students will possess a thourough knowledege of the topics we dealt with during the lessons, with both regard to historical and aesthetic aspects of the texts. Moreover they will be able to read and analyse the texts in German and explain their knowledge in proper German speech.
Prerequisites and basic notions
To attend the course, the following prerequisites are required:
- a fair knowledge of the German language
- mastering the main foundations of textual analysis
- basic knowledge of the history of 19th century European culture
- 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 in depth during the lessons:
H. v. Kleist: Penthesilea
E.T.A. Hofmann: Der Sandmann
H. Heine: Der Rabbi von Bacharach
G. Büchner: Woyzeck
A. von Droste-Hülshoff: Die Judenbuche
G. Keller: Romeo und Julia aus dem Dorfe
T. Fontane: Effi Briest
F. Nietzsche: Die Geburt der Tragödie (selected extracts), Also sprach Zarathustra (selected extracts)
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: Die Marquise von O.
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.
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 main teaching method is the frontal teaching. During the lessons, however, students will engage in short exercises in reading, understanding and commenting on the texts
Learning assessment procedures
The exam will be oral, will be held in German, and will focus on the entire course program.
ERASMUS students are requested to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree upon the exam modality.
The conversation will be aimed at verifying:
- the depth and breadth of the acquired knowledge
- the ability to analyze the literary texts in the program
- the ability to contextualize knowledge in a historical-cultural and critical-literary reflection
- the ability to handle content in German
Criteria for the composition of the final grade
The final mark will be in 30ths.
Tedesco / German