German literature 3 (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Peter Erwin Kofler
Peter Erwin Kofler
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

The course is held in German and is aimed at analysing authors, literary movements and texts of German litterature from the 18th Century to Romanticism. At the end of the course students will have to show to be able to approach Wieland’s texts from an intermedial and intercultural perspective and to properly express their knowledge in German language.


The course is held in German and aimes at analysing the history of the editions of J.W.Goethe's "Werther", the illustrations and the pathographic dimension of the novel.
J.W.Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, Paralleldruck der Fassungen von 1774 und 1787, Stuttgart, 1999.
- J.W.Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, Faks.-Dr. der Erstausg. von 1774, Osnabrück, Editio Simile, 1971.
- J.W.Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, Fotomechanischer Nachdruck der Ausgabe 1774, Leipzig, 2004.
- J.W.Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, Edition der Handschrift von 1786, Weimar, 1999.
- Christiane Kröll u. Hartmut Schmidt, Die Leiden des jungen Werthers: Goethes Roman im Spiegel seiner Zeit (Ausstellungskatalog), Düsseldorf 1972.
- H. Haberland, Illustrationen zu Goethes Werken (Ausstellungskatalog), Frankfurt M., 1962.
- S. Kleinicke, Nikolaus Daniel Chodowieckis Illustrationen zu Goethes Werther-Roman, Hamburg, 1993.
- G. Jäger, Die Leiden des alten und neuen Werther, mit einem Beitrag von Jutta Assel zu den Werther-Illustrationen, München u.a., 1984.
- P. Kofler, "Pharmakon": il testo come medicina e veleno. Riflettendonsu "I dolori del giovane Werther" di Goethe con M. Foucault e J. Derrida, in: La malattia tra sintomo e simbolo: Racconti, immagini e luoghi di cura nella letteratura tedesca, a cura di I. Schiffermüller e.a., Verona 2011, pp. 1-20.

Further bibliography:
- G. E. Lessing, Minna von Barnhelm oder das Soldatenglück. Studienausgabe. Reclam oppure Nathan der Weise. Text und Kontext. Reclam.
- J. W. Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werther. Text und Kontext. Reclam.
- Fr. Schiller, Kabale und Liebe. Text und Kontext. Reclam.
- Novalis, Hymnen an die Nacht. Anaconda Verlag.

- David Wellbery, Eine neue Geschichte der deutschen Literatur. Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
- Wolfgang Beutin, Deutsche Literaturgeschichte von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Metzler.

ERASMUS students are kindly requested to get in touch with the Professor in order to make arrangements.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Wolfgang Beutin et. al. Deutsche Literaturgeschichte. Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart (Edizione 8) Metzler 2013 978-3-476-02453-4
David Wellbery Eine neue Geschichte der deutschen Literatur 2007

Assessment methods and criteria

The final oral exam is in German. It is aimed at testing students’ knowledge of all topics dealt with during the course and in particular at testing
- The depth and breadth of students’ knowledge
- Students’ ability to analyse and understand literary texts
- Students’ ability to discuss and connect different topics in different perspectives
- Students’ speaking ability in German
The final evaluation is expressed in marks out of thirty.