German literature 2 (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: Classic and Romantic literature, “Vormärz”, “Biedermeier”, Realism. At the end of the course students will possess a thourough knowledege of the topics we dealt with during the lessons, with both regard to historical and aesthetic aspects of the texts. Moreover they will be able to read and analyse the texts in German and explain their knowledge 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 (selection), Reisebilder (selection), 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 study 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.