German literature and culture 2 [Tur] (2016/2017)

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Name of lecturer
Massimo Salgaro
Massimo Salgaro
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I SEMESTRE dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims at introducing the students to the most important periods and trends of German 19th Century literature: Romantic literature, “Vormärz”, “Biedermeier”, Realism, Naturalism.
At the end of the course students are required to possess a deep knowledge of the topics we dealt with, with regard to both the literature-historic aspects as well as the works in German; moreover they are required to be capable of analyzing and understanding these texts and to explain the knowledge acquired in proper German speech.


The course consists of one single module (taught class); after a short introduction in Italian the course will be held in German. The course aims at introducing German literature and culture of the 19th century. At the end of the course students will have to attain deep knowledge both of the historical context and of the different literary works.
The course program includes some of the canonical texts of German 19th Century literature, such as:

- Friedrich Schlegel, Lucinde.
- Ludwig Tieck, Der gestiefelte Kater.
- Clemens Brentano, Geschichte vom braven Kasperl und dem schönen Annerl.
- J.W. Grimm, Kinder und Hausmärchen
- Una cernita di aforismi di Novalis e Friedrich Schlegel.
- Wilhelm Busch, Max&Moritz, La pia Elena
- Heinrich Heine, Die romantische Schule

Cultural/Historic context
A. Koschorke, Und was wird aus Liebe; Schenk, Herrad, Freie Liebe – wilde Ehe. Über die allmähliche Auflösung der Ehe durch die Liebe. München: C.H. Beck, 1988. (selezione); Traduzioni intermediali delle fiabe dei Grimm: la serie TV Once upon a time, Il film Blancanieves; La letteratura per l’infanzia fra opera pedagogica, letterarietà e educazione sentimentale (Learning how to feel); il cibo nella letteratura d’infanzia dell’Ottocento; Heinrich Hoffmann, Struwelpeter (1845), Johanna Spyri, Heidi (1880).

The focus of the cultural part of the program is centered on “The golden age of children's literatur".

In German:
Annemarie und Wolfgang van Rinsum, Frührealismus 1815-1848, München DTV 1993 (selected passages), Annemarie und Wolfgang van Rinsum, Realismus und Naturalismus, München DTV 1994 (selected passages).

In Italian:
Marino Freschi, La letteratura tedesca, Bologna il Mulino 2008; Anton Reininger, Storia della letteratura tedesca fra l’Illuminismo e il Postmoderno, Torino Rosenberg & Selllier 2005
Part of the texts will be handed out as photocopies. Further teaching material will be available on the e-learning platform related to the class.
Non-attending students are requested to agree with the docent upon part of the literature-history programme and to focus the second part of the programme on the study of works representative of the 19th Century literature.

Texts for non-attending students:
La poetica del primo romanticismo: Paul Kluckhohn, Das Ideengut der deutschen Romantik (7-78) (Frinzi).
Da Interpretationen. Erzählungen und Novellen des 19. Jahrhunderts (Reclam), Gerhard Kluge: Clemens Brentano, Geschichte vom..(309-339). Erika und Ernst von Borries, Deutsche Literaturgeschichte Band V, Romantik, (Clemens Brentano, Geschichte vom..) 172-184.
Da Interpretationen. Romane des 19. Jahrhunderts (Reclam): Ernst Behler: Friedrich Schlegel, Lucinde (88-109).

- Anton Reininger, La letteratura tedesca dal Settecento ai nostri giorni, Torino, Rosenberg & Sellier, 2005.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will be oral and held in German. The oral exam will be on the whole program and it will consist in a conversation aimed at testing:
- the depth and the wideness of the acquired knowledges
- the ability to analyze and understand the literary texts in the program
- the argumentative ability and the ability to link knowledges in a historical-cultural and critical-literary reflection
- the ability to convey the related topics in German.
The final mark will be in 30ths.