German Literature I [CInt] (2008/2009)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Arturo Larcati
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Mar 2, 2009 al May 30, 2009.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.6  
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.6  

Learning outcomes

Around 1968, the year of student protests, a number of literary works emerged in Germany which deal with the relationship between politics and literature in many different ways. These include the novels of Heinrich Böll, the poems of Erich Fried and the documentary dramas by Peter Weiss, as well as the linguistic experiments by Peter Handke and political songs. Starting with these texts as a basis, the course will give an introduction to the most important topics of German post-war literature: the rebellion against the authority of the older generation and against the attempt to forget the horrors of the War, the pacifist movement, the fight for sexual liberation and a university which would be open for everybody, the enthusiasm for rock music and drugs.


Heinrich Böll, Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum. Oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann. Erzählung, München DTV 1976 (trad. it.: L’onore perduto di Katharina Blum, )
Hermann Hesse, Der Steppenwolf , 9. Aufl. Frankfurt/Main Suhrkamp 2007 (trad. it.: Il lupo della steppa, )
Erich Fried, Politische Gedichte. Vietnam, Israel, Deutschland, Berlin Wagenbach 2008.
Peter Weiss, Diskurs über Viet Nam, Frankfurt Main Suhrkamp 1968 ( Note politico-culturali dal Viet Nam, Roma Editori Riuniti 1969).
Peter Handke, Publikumsbeschimpfung und andere Stücke, Frankfurt/Main Suhrkamp 1966 (trad. it.: Teatro, Milano Feltrinelli 1969)
Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Der Untergang der Titanic, Frankfurt/Main Suhrkamp 1966 ( La fine del Titanic, Torino Mondadori 1990)

Anton Reininger, Storia della letteratura tedesca fra l’Illuminismo e il Postmoderno, 3° ediz. Torino Rosenberg & Sellier 2005, pagg. 535segg.

Assessment methods and criteria

oral exam