The course is meant to deeply examine the major trends of the twentieth-century German Literature (Naturalismus, Symbolismus, Ästhetizismus, Expressionismus, Neue Sachlichkeit, BRD-Literatur, DDR-Literatur, Post-Wende-Literatur, Kanakliteratur), whose aesthetical features and most significant authors will be both accurately described. Biographical informations about the authors, historical and political contexts, artistic and literary querelles, editorial and publishing aspects will also be provided throughout the analysis of single works and lyrics. The course will be divided into three sections: Fin de Siécle / Early 1900 (1890-1919) and Weimar Republic / End of World War II (1919-1945); “Other” German Language Literatures Austrian Literature, Hapsburg Bohemia (focus on Rilke and Kafka) and Swiss Literature; German and Austrian Literature after 1945 until the post Fall of the Wall (1945-2010 ca.). The bibliography will deal with the three main literary genres – poetry, prose and drama – and will proceed according with the diachronic examination of the German Literary History.
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