German Literature I - PARTE I (2015/2016)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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Name of lecturer
Gabriella Pelloni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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II semestre dal Feb 22, 2016 al May 31, 2016.

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Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.7 from Feb 22, 2016  to Apr 16, 2016
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.6 from Feb 22, 2016  to Apr 16, 2016
Thursday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.4 from Feb 22, 2016  to Apr 16, 2016

Learning outcomes

The course offers an introduction to German literature of the Twentieth century through the works of its most representative authors. By analysing thoroughly the readings, the course will provide students with the basic skills to read literary texts. Some of the texts will be read in German, so as to help students study German literary works in their original language.


This course is designed to equip students with critical skills for engaging with literary texts of various kinds.
The content of the course is divided into three main parts:
1) in the first part the students engage with narrative texts: Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, Metamorphosis, A Report to an Academy and Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk by Franz Kafka
2) the second part deals with poetry (Rilke, Benn, Trakl, Brecht, Bachman, Celan)
3)the third part encourages students to engage critically and analitically with theatrical texts: we will study Brecht (Mother Courage and her children) and Dürrenmatt (The visit of the old lady)

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will be oral and held in Italian.
It will also test the familiarity with the readings in German.