German literature 2 (2018/2019)

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Arturo Larcati
Arturo Larcati
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I semestre dal Oct 1, 2018 al Jan 12, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at introducing the students to the most important periods and trends of German 19th Century literature: Classic and Romantic literature, “Vormärz”, “Biedermeier”, Realism.

At the end of the course students are required to possess a thourough knowledege 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 analysing and understanding these texts and to explainf 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 programme includes some of the canonical texts of German 19th Century literature, such as: Wolfgang Goethe, Faust I and II (selected passages); Kleist, Die Marquise von O (full text reading), Ludwig Tieck, Der Runenberg (full text reading), Wilhelm Hauff, Das kalte Herz; Friedrich La Motte-Fouché, Undine; Heinrich Heine, Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen (full text reading), Heinrich Heine, selected poems; Georg Büchner: Lenz (full text reading); Woyzek; Dantons Tod; Franz Grillparzer, Der arme Spielmann (full text reading); Adalbert Stifter, Kalkstein (from: Bunte Steine) (full text reading); Theodor Fontane, Effi Briest (selected passages).
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 (only the parts about Romanticism and 19th-Century literature: pages 93-122), Anton Reininger, Storia della letteratura tedesca fra l’Illuminismo e il Postmoderno, Torino Rosenberg & Selllier 2005 (selected chapters on 19th Century literature: pages 225-328).
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, by reading one of the following texts at their choice: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff: Die Judenbuche; Theodor Storm, Der Schimmelreiter; Gottfried Keller: Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe, Fontane, Effi Briest.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Stifter, Adalbert Bunte Steine Reclam 1994
Grillparzer, Franz Der arme Spielmann Reclam 1986
Tieck, Ludwig Der blonde Eckbert. Der Runenberg Reclam 1986
Heine, Heinrich Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen Reclam 2001
Kleist, Heinrich von Die Marquise von O... Reclam 1986
Büchner, Georg Lenz. Der hessische Landbote Reclam 1986

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will be written and held in German. The written exam will be on the whole programme and it will consist in a conversation aimed at testing:
- the depth and the wideness of the acquired knowledges
- the ability to analyse and understand the literary texts in the programme
- 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.