German Literature I (2017/2018)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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Fabio Antonio Scrignoli
Fabio Antonio Scrignoli
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Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course aims to give the students a general knowledge about the History of the twentieth century German Literature and its main themes: The end of the late '800 cultural tradition, the avantgarde at the beginning of the twentieth century, the Nazism and the manipulation strategies in consensus processes, Literature and Power of the Authorities in the "Two Germanies", the "Repression" of the past, the sense of guilt connected to the "Common Crime", the disenchantment after the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the lecture in class the course is also intended to make the students able to comprehend and describe German lyrics and situate them in their own historical and cultural context.


This course analyzes the main tendencies and movements of the twentieth century German Literature (Naturalism, Symbolism, Aestheticism, Expressionism, New Objectivity, BRD-Literature, DDR-Literature, Post-Wall-Literature, Kanak-Literature). These will be presented in their basic aesthetical characters and through their main authors. The programme will be divided in three modules: Fin de Siécle and Early '900 (1890-1919), German Literature from the Weimar Republic until the end of the Second World War (1919-1945) and finally German Literature after the year 1945 until the “Post-Wende” (1945-2000 ca.).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Christa Wolf Il Cielo diviso E/O 1992
Franz Kafka Il Processo Garzanti 2010 978-88-11-36307-1
Marino Freschi La Letteratura Tedesca Il Mulino 2008 978-88-15-11998-8
Ladislao Mittner La Letteratura Tedesca del Novecento Einaudi 1995 8806137581
Elfriede Jelinek Loro non come loro Effigie 2009
Bertolt Brecht Vita di Galileo Einaudi 2014 978-88-06-21909-3

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be verbal and will be held in Italian. The knowledge of some German texts ill be tested, and these will be given during the course and analysed together in class. The students that won’t attend the course are kindly requested to contact the professor, in order to plan a specific programme in details. Not-attending students are kindly requested to take contact with the professor, in order to plan a specific programme.