German literature 2 (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Gabriella Pelloni
Gabriella Pelloni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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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.


During the lessons we will analyse the following texts:

J.W. Goethe: Grenzen der Menschheit
Novalis: Hymnen an die Nacht (I)
F. Hölderlin: Wie wenn am Feiertage...
C. Brentano: Die Lore Lay
H. von Kleist: Penthesilea, Die Verlobung in St. Domingo
H. Heine: Ich weiss nicht, was soll es bedeuten / Der Rabbi von Bacharach / Briefe aus Berlin (Auszüge)
G. Büchner: Woyzeck
A. von Droste-Hülshoff: Die Judenbuche
G. Keller: Romeo und Julia aus dem Dorfe
T. Fontane: Effi Briest
F. Nietzsche: Nur Narr! Nur Dichter!

Students are supposed to choose and study on their own one of the following works (students who don't attend the lessons are supposed to choose two works)

Heinrich von Kleist: Die Marquise von O.
Joseph von Eichendorff: Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts
E.T.A. Hoffmann: Der Sandmann
Georg Büchner: Lenz
Theodor Storm: Immensee
Adalbert Stifter: Bergkristall

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff Die Judenbuche / Il faggio degli ebrei Marsilio 2004 88-317-6877-8
Theodor Fontane Effi Briest Mondadori 2003 88-04-51344-6
Heinrich Heine Il Rabbi di Bacharach SE 1989 88-7719-158-X
Heinrich von Kleist I racconti Garzanti 1988 88-11-58197-4
Heinrich von Kleist Penthesilea Marsilio 2008 978-88-317-9477-0
Georg Büchner Woyzeck Marsilio 2003 88-317-7298-8

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will be oral and held in German. 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