German literature and culture 2 [Tur] (2020/2021)

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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 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

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: Romantic literature, “Vormärz”, “Biedermeier”, Realism, Naturalism. 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 analyzing and understanding these texts and to explain the knowledge acquired in proper German speech.


During the lessons we will analyse the following texts:

H. von Kleist: Penthesilea
E.T.A. Hofmann: Der Sandmann
H. Heine: Briefe aus Berlin (passi scelti), Reisebilder (passi scelti), Der Rabbi von Bacharach
G. Büchner: Woyzeck
A. von Droste-Hülshoff: Die Judenbuche
T. Storm: Immensee
G. Keller: Romeo und Julia aus dem Dorfe
T. Fontane: Effi Briest
F. Nietzsche: Selection of passages from: Die Geburt der Tragödie, Unzeitgemäße Betrachtungen, Menschliches Allzumenschliches, Die fröhliche Wissenschaft

Students are supposed to choose and prepare one of the following texts on their own:

H. von Kleist: Die Marquise von O.
J. von Eichendorff: Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts
E.T.A. Hoffmann: Meister Floh
G. Büchner: Lenz
A. Stifter: Bergkristall
G. Keller: Kleider machen Leute

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
Theodor Storm Immensee Signorelli 1976
E.T.A. Hoffmann Notturni Newton&Compton 1995
Heinrich von Kleist Penthesilea Marsilio 2008 978-88-317-9477-0
Gottfried Keller Romeo e Giulietta nel villaggio Marsilio 2003 88-317-6892-1
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.