Modern and contemporary Austrian literature and culture (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Isolde Schiffermuller
Isolde Schiffermuller
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 15, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at presenting a representative topic of the 20th century literature through a selection of texts belonging to the literary canon of the Austrian and Middle-European culture. Literary critical and poetologic aspects will be studied through the reading and commenting of the given texts".

At the end of the course students will have to prove:
-to have acquired a deep knowledge of the authors, the proposed topics and the literary works in programme
-a critical kowledge of the problems concerning modern poetics
-to have developped specific competences in literary text analysis
-to have developped the ability to convey their knowledge in German.


20th century poetry
The course aims to present a selection of poems of a few representative authors of the 20th century belonging to Austrian and Mitteleuropean culture and to deal with the most significant poetological aspects of 20th century poetry through the reading of the texts.

The course consists of a single module and is held entirely in German. After a brief introduction to the works of the selected authors the lessons will focus on the reading and the analysis of the texts.

R. M. Rilke:
Das Stundenbuch: Ich liebe dich, du sanftestes Gesetz
- Neue Gedichte: Archaischer Torso Apollos
- Sonnette an Orpheus: Sei allem Abschied voran
Georg Trakl:
- An den Knaben Elis
- De profundis
- Gesang des Abgeschiedenen
- Grodek
Paul Celan:
- Todesfuge
- Psalm
- Der Meridian, Büchnerpreisrede, Gesammelte Schriften 11
Christine Lavant:
- Spindel im Mond: Ich will vom Leiden endlich alles wissen!
- Du steigst als Stern meines Lebensgestirns
Ingeborg Bachmann:
- Die gestundete Zeit
- Die Anrufung des grossen Bären
- Psalm
- Frankfurter Vorlesungen (2. Vorlesung)
Thomas Bernhard:
-Neun Psalmen

Critical readings:
the critical readings will be assigned during the course.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Georg Trakl Dichtungen und Briefe Otto Mueller  
Ingeborg Bachmann Frankfurter Vorlesungen Piper/Suhrkamp 2011
Rainer Maria Rilke Gedichte  
Paul Celan Gedichte  
Allemann Beda Rilke und der Mythos Surhkamp 1976
Ingeborg Bachmann Saemtliche Gedichte Piper 1993
Christine Lavant Werke in vier Baenden Wallstein 2014

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 wideness of the acquired knowledge
- the ability to analyse and understand the literary texts in the programme
- the argumentative ability and the ability to link knowledges in a critical-literary reflection on the poetics of modern novels
- the ability to convey the acquired knowledges in German.
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.
During the course students can present short papers.