Austrian literature and culture (2020/2021)

Course code
4S002914
Name of lecturer
Isolde Schiffermuller
Coordinator
Isolde Schiffermuller
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE
Language of instruction
German
Location
VERONA
Period
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 to present the literary production of the most representative authors of the early 20th century through the reading of selected texts. The historical, critical and literary aspects of this period will be investigated through the analysis of the texts.
At the end of the course 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 in original language; furthermore they will have to be able to analyze and understand the texts in the programme and to show the abilities developed during the course through a suitable competence in German.

Syllabus

The course aims to present the literary production of the most representative authors of the early 20th century through the reading of selected texts. The historical, critical and literary aspects of this period will be investigated through the analysis of the texts.
At the end of the course 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 in original language; furthermore they will have to be able to analyze and understand the texts in the programme and to show the abilities developed during the course through a suitable competence in German.

The course consists of a single module (lectures and seminars) and is held in German.
Biblio:
- H.A. Glaser (hg.), Deutsche Literatur. Eine Sozialgeschichte, Jahrhundertwende, Bd.8, Rohwohlt 1987; il cap. C. Magris, A. Reininger, Jung Wien, pp. 224-246.
- D. Wellbery (hg.), Eine neue Geschichte der deutschen Literatur, i seguenti cap.:
Der Traum als symbolische Form (Freud), pp. 803-809;
Die Grenzen der Sprache (Hofmannsthal), pp. 809-816;
September 1912 (Das Urteil), pp. 857-863;
Juli 1914 (Der Proceβ), pp. 869-875;
Oktober 1924 (Schnitzler, Frӓulein Else), pp. 911-917;
Herbst 1929, Ein anderes Gedankenexperiment (Musil), pp. 947-952.
Roth
Zweig.

Texts in german lanuage:
- H. v. Hofmannsthal, Ballade des äußeren Lebens, Weltgeheimnis
- R.M. Rilke, Ich lebe mein Leben, Der Panther, Archaischer Torso Apollos, Sei allem Abschied voran
- G. Trakl, Elis, Grodek
- F. Kafka, Das Urteil; Vor dem Gesetz; Eine kaiserliche Botschaft
- R. Musil, Die Maus (Nachlass zu Lebzeiten); Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften, vol. 1, scelta di capitoli
- St. Zweig, Die Welt von gestern (i cap. Incipit Hitler, Die Agonie des Friedens);

Part of the texts will be made available to the students in printed form.
Part of the critical readings will be assigned during lessons.
Further texts will be provided to the students on the e-learning platform.

The students will also have to read one book of their choice from the following list:
- H. v. Hofmannsthal, Ein Brief
- Franz Kafka, Der Proceß
- Arthur Schnitzler, Frӓulein Else
- Joseph Roth, Hiob
- Stefan Zweig, Schachnovelle

Non-attending students will be expected to contact the professor in order to discuss possible additions to the programme.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Glaser H.A. Deutsche Literatur. Eine Sozialgeschichte, 2009
David E. Wellbery Eine neue Geschichte der deutschen Literatur WBG 2013 978-3-650-40035-2
Zeman (a cura) Literaturgeschichte Ӧsterreichs: von den Anfängen im Mittelalter 2012

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will be oral and held in German. The oral 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.
ERASMUS students are required to contact the professor at the beginning of the course to agree upon the exam modality.