German Literature I (2017/2018)

Course code
Gabriella Pelloni
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Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PARTE I 6 L-LIN/13-GERMAN LITERATURE Semester 2 Gabriella Pelloni
PARTE II 3 L-LIN/13-GERMAN LITERATURE Semester 2 Gabriella Pelloni

Learning outcomes

The course offers an introduction to the main historical, artistic and literary features of 2th century German literature, focusing on the works of the most representative authors of this period. At the end students will have to show a deep knowledge of the topics dealt with during the course, regarding both the historical-literary period and the works. Furthermore they will have to be able to analyse the texts and clearly show the abilities developed during the course through a suitable competence in German.


The lessons will focuse on the following texts:

Thomas Mann: Tod in Venedig
Franz Kafka: DIe Verwandlung, Bericht für eine Akademie

Georg Trakl: An den Knaben Elis, Nachtgesang
Gottfried Benn: Kleine Aster, Requiem
Bertolt Brecht: Schlechte Zeit für Lyrik, An die Nachgeborenen
Paul Celan: Todesfuge, Corona
Ingeborg Bachmann: Die gestundete Zeit, Aufrufung des großen Bären

Bertolt Brecht: Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder
Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame
Peter Weiss: Die Ermittlung

Marino Freschi, La letteratura tedesca (Il Mulino 2008)

Students should read one of the following texts on their own:
Thomas Mann, Tonjo Kröger, Mario und der Zauberer
Franz Kafka, Das Urteil
Bertolt Brecht, Der gute Mensch von Sezuan, Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg der Arturo Ui
Christa Wolf, Der geteilte Himmel

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will be oral and held in Italian. The exam will consist in a conversation aimed at testing:
- depth and wideness of the acquired knowledge
- the ability of critical reflection and analysis of the texts included in the programme
- the ability to contextualize texts from a historical and cultural point of view

The final mark will be in 30ths.
ERASMUS students are required to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree upon the exam modality

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Marino Freschi La Letteratura Tedesca Il Mulino 2008 978-88-15-11998-8
Friedrich Dürrenmatt La visita della vecchia signora Einaudi 1988
Peter Weiss L'istruttoria Einaudi 1966
Bertolt Brecht Madre Courage e i suoi figli Einaudi 1963
Thomas Mann Morte a Venezia Marsilio Editore 2009
Franz Kafka Tutti i racconti Mondadori 1988