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.
The course consists of one single module (taught class); after a short introduction in Italian the course will be held in German. The course aims at introducing German literature and culture of the 19th century. At the end of the course students will have to attain deep knowledge both of the historical context and of the different literary works.
The course program includes some of the canonical texts of German 19th Century literature, such as:
Friedrich Schlegel, Lucinde.
- Ludwig Tieck, Der gestiefelte Kater.
- Clemens Brentano, Geschichte vom braven Kasperl und dem schönen Annerl.
- J.W. Grimm, Kinder und Hausmärchen.
- Heinrich Heine: Die romantische Schule
-Georg Büchner: Lenz; Woyzek; Dantons Tod;
- Franz Grillparzer, Der arme Spielmann;
- Gerhard Hauptmann, Die Weber.
The focus of the cultural part of the program is centered on “Food, Diet and Hunger in the German Culture of 19th century”. Starting from the famous sentence by Ludwig Feuerbach “Der Mensch ist, was er isst” we are going to study in the above listed texts the topics related to food, lack of food and the decline of food.
Annemarie und Wolfgang van Rinsum, Frührealismus 1815-1848, München DTV 1993 (selected passages), Annemarie und Wolfgang van Rinsum, Realismus und Naturalismus, München DTV 1994 (selected passages).
Marino Freschi, La letteratura tedesca, Bologna il Mulino 2008; Anton Reininger, Storia della letteratura tedesca fra l’Illuminismo e il Postmoderno, Torino Rosenberg & Selllier 2005
Part of the texts will be handed out as photocopies. Further teaching material will be available on the e-learning platform related to the class.
Non-attending students are requested to agree with the docent upon part of the literature-history programme and to focus the second part of the programme on the study of works representative of the 19th Century literature.
The final exam will be oral and held in German. The oral exam will be on the whole programme and it will consist in a conversation aimed at testing:
- the depth and the wideness of the acquired knowledges
- the ability to analyse and understand the literary texts in the programme
- the argumentative ability and the ability to link knowledges in a historical-cultural and critical-literary reflection
- the ability to convey the related topics in German.
The final mark will be in 30ths.