German literature and culture 1 [Cognomi M-Z] (2019/2020)

Course code
4S002904
Name of lecturers
Massimo Salgaro, Fabio Antonio Scrignoli
Coordinator
Massimo Salgaro
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is meant to deeply examine the major trends of the twentieth-century German Literature (Naturalismus, Symbolismus, Ästhetizismus, Expressionismus, Neue Sachlichkeit, BRD-Literatur, DDR-Literatur, Post-Wende-Literatur, Kanakliteratur), whose aesthetical features and most significant authors will be both accurately described. Biographical informations about the authors, historical and political contexts, artistic and literary querelles, editorial and publishing aspects will also be provided throughout the analysis of single works and lyrics. The course will be divided into three sections: Fin de Siécle / Early 1900 (1890-1919) and Weimar Republic / End of World War II (1919-1945); “Other” German Language Literatures Austrian Literature, Hapsburg Bohemia (focus on Rilke and Kafka) and Swiss Literature; German and Austrian Literature after 1945 until the post Fall of the Wall (1945-2010 ca.). The bibliography will deal with the three main literary genres – poetry, prose and drama – and will proceed according with the diachronic examination of the German Literary History.

Syllabus

The course is meant to deeply examine the major trends of the twentieth-century German Literature (Naturalismus, Symbolismus, Ästhetizismus, Expressionismus, Neue Sachlichkeit, BRD-Literatur, DDR-Literatur, Post-Wende-Literatur, Kanakliteratur), whose aesthetical features and most significant authors will be both accurately described. Biographical informations about the authors, historical and political contexts, artistic and literary querelles, editorial and publishing aspects will also be provided throughout the analysis of single works and lyrics. The course will be divided into three sections: Fin de Siécle / Early 1900 (1890-1919) and Weimar Republic / End of World War II (1919-1945); “Other” German Language Literatures Austrian Literature, Hapsburg Bohemia (focus on Rilke and Kafka) and Swiss Literature; German and Austrian Literature after 1945 until the post Fall of the Wall (1945-2010 ca.). The bibliography will deal with the three main literary genres – poetry, prose and drama – and will proceed according with the diachronic examination of the German Literary History.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Kricheldorf Rebekka Homo Empathicus Cue-Press 2018 8899737576
Franz Kafka La metamorfosi, in "Tutti i racconti" Mondadori 1998
Daniel Glattauer Le ho mai raccontato del vento del Nord Feltrinelli 2013 8807882167
Thomas Mann Morte a Venezia Marsilio Editore 2009
Hermann Hesse Siddharta Adelphi 1985

Assessment methods and criteria

Lecture in Italian language. Italian bibliography, both single-works and Literary History manual. Only the Selected Lyrics will be both in German language and in Italian translation. The didactic method will be rather comparative than progressive.
The teaching units will necessarily have to follow a chronological development, both thematic and associative criterions will be firstly used. Particular attention will be paid to the “concrete works”: the priority will be given to works’ reading. Academic and scientific essays will also be given, in order to deepen and contextualize the single works.