German literature and culture 1 [Cognomi A-L] (2019/2020)

Course code
4S002904
Name of lecturer
Peter Erwin Kofler
Coordinator
Peter Erwin Kofler
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

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.

Syllabus

PROGRAMMA
Il Corso è strutturato in un unico modulo (didattica frontale); le opere in programma sono introdotte in lingua italiana e successivamente analizzate nelle loro parti più significative a partire dall’originale tedesco.
Bibliografia
- Thomas Mann, Der Tod in Venedig, Frankfurt am Main, Fischer, 1992.
- Franz Kafka, Die Verwandlung, Stuttgart, Reclam, 2013. Reclam XL – Text und Kontext.
- Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Der Schwierige, Frankfurt am Main, Fischer, 1994.
- Arthur Schnitzler, Fräulein Else, Stuttgart, Reclam, 2001.
- Bertolt Brecht, Die Dreigroschenoper, Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp, 2009.
- Peter Weiss, Die Ermittlung, Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp, 2010.
- Anton Reininger, La letteratura tedesca dal Settecento ai nostri giorni, Torino, Rosenberg & Sellier, 2005.
- Una scelta di poesie sarà messa a disposizione in forma di fotocopie.

Gli studenti non frequentanti avranno la possibilità di concordare con il docente un programma che, lasciando da parte la scelta di poesie, prevede la lettura di un saggio o articolo scritto per ciascuna delle opere letterarie in programma.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Hugo von Hofmannsthal Der Schwierige 1994
Thomas Mann Der Tod in Venedig 1992
Bertolt Brecht Die Dreigroschenoper 2009
Peter Weiss Die Ermittlung 2010
Franz Kafka Die Verwandlung 2013
Arthur Schnitzler Fräulein Else 2001
Anton Reininger La letteratura tedesca dal Settecento ai nostri giorni 2005

Assessment methods and criteria

The final oral exam is in Italian. It is aimed at testing students’ knowledge of all topics dealt with during the course and in particular at testing
- The depth and breadth of students’ knowledge
- Students’ ability to analyse and understand literary texts
- Students’ ability to discuss and connect different topics in a literary and intersemiotic perspective
- Students’ speaking ability in German
The final evaluation is expressed in marks out of thirty.
ERASMUS students are kindly requested to get in touch with the Professor in order to make arrangements.