German Literature I (2015/2016)

Course code
Peter Erwin Kofler
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PARTE I 6 L-LIN/13-GERMAN LITERATURE II semestre Peter Erwin Kofler
PARTE II 3 L-LIN/13-GERMAN LITERATURE II semestre Peter Erwin Kofler

Learning outcomes

The course aims at introducing German literature and culture of the 20th century. by means of During the course some of the most important works in lyrics, theatre and prose will be analysed on the background of social, economical and political conditions of the time.
At the end of the course students will have to attain deep knowledge both of the historical context and of the different literary works. They will also have to be able to analyse and understand the texts dealt with during the lessons and to properly express their knowledge in Italian.


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.
- 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.
- Günter Grass, Die Blechtrommel, Darmstadt, Neuwied, 1974.
- 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.

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.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Hugo von Hofmannsthal Der Schwierige 1994
Thomas Mann Der Tod in Venedig 1992
Günter Grass Die Blechtrommel 1974
Bertolt Brecht Die Dreigroschenoper 2009
Peter Weiss Die Ermittlung 2010
Arthur Schnitzler Fräulein Else 2001
Anton Reininger La letteratura tedesca dal Settecento ai nostri giorni 2005