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GERMAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE II

CODE 61327
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8741 TEORIE E TECNICHE DELLA MEDIAZIONE INTERLINGUISTICA (L-12) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/13
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Course title:  ‘Literature Goes to War’

    This annual course provides 6 credits and consists of 36 hours of lessons

    The course will be held in Italian.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course aims to study literary texts of the German-speaking region, in their inherent aesthetic character and as a privileged pathway to understanding German culture.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course, the student shall:

    • Know in depth the specific manifestations of Austrian and German War Propaganda during the first world war
    • Be acquainted with basic critical tools
    • Acquire an adequate sector-specific vocabulary of the intercultural communication
    • Be familiar with the literary genres involved in War Propaganda

    Through all of the above, perform a competent critical review of a piece of war literature in relation to its historical-cultural and rhetorical-expressive specificities     

    PREREQUISITES

    Students are not required to have any specific prerequisite.

    It goes without saying that good linguistic competence in spoken and written Italian, skills in expression, and the background required for understanding the Europen historical context (acquired through proper secondary school learning), are taken for granted.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Traditional lessons.

    The course will be held remotely through the Teams and Aulaweb platforms.

    Teaching will be in Italian.

     

    During the lessons, constant feedback with the students is expected through verbal questions. The degree of maturity of the answers, their relevance and the use of adequate sector-specific terms will be considered for the outcome of the final test.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course entitled ‘Literature Goes to War’ will focus on the shaping of the image of the enemy that took place in the Austro-German and German region during World War I.

    The forms and themes of war propaganda, considered as cultural heritage and as a dynamic field of interactions, will be explored through the voices of the period's most representative authors.

    The course will be structured as follows:

    1. Ideology
    2. The Austrian world and the German world
    3. The enemy for the German region: Italy and France
    4. Erich Maria Remarque, Im Westen nichts Neues
    5. Ernst Jünger, In Stahlgewittern
    6. Creation of a group identity
    7. Rainer Maria Rilke
    8. Hugo von Hofmannstahl
    9. Robert Musil
    10. Le canzoni di guerra

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    REFERENCES

    • Alberto Destro, I Paesi di lingua tedesca, Il Mulino, 2004
    • Robert Musil, La guerra parallela (a cura di F. Orlandi; traduzione di C. Groff), Silvy, 2012

    It will be the professor’s responsibility to provide the students, in each instance, with photocopies related to the documents studied during lessons and to prepare lecture notes at the end of the course.

    NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS:

    Non-attending students shall present the programme specified above, with the above cited critical literature and with the addition of the following textbook:

    - Franz Blei, Bestiario letterario (a cura di L. Rega), Diabasis, Parma, 2019

     

    Non-attending students are in any case kindly requested to contact the professor.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    SERENA SPAZZARINI (President)

    NICOLETTA DACREMA (President)

    MICHAELA BÜRGER-KOFTIS

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Teachin will begin on

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Written test (unless otherwise indicated due to the evolution of the health situation).

    Due to possible anti-Covid restrictions, exams may be entirely or partially online.

     

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Learning assessment includes a written test.

    Knowledge related to the course will be assessed via:

    1. Yes-and-no questions, for which the student shall demonstrate knowledge of the main cultural foundations (literary, historical, geographical, political) related to the German world.

    Reference textbook: Alberto Destro, 'I Paesi di lingua tedesca', Il Mulino, 2004 (Manual)

     

    Constant updating on the part of the student on current German political topics (by reading newspapers, listening to TV and radio newscasts) is ‘welcome’.

     

    2) Open-ended questions in which the student shall demonstrate knowledge of concepts related to the topic of the course.

    The skills achieved by the student shall be evaluated through targeted exercises, in which the student shall demonstrate the ability to apply the tools provided during the lessons.

    Textbooks in references + lecture notes

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    19/01/2022 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
    08/02/2022 15:00 GENOVA Scritto
    23/06/2022 15:00 GENOVA Scritto
    18/07/2022 15:00 GENOVA Scritto
    12/09/2022 15:00 GENOVA Scritto
    26/09/2022 15:00 GENOVA Scritto

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Criteria for assigning the final mark:

    . skill in debate and summarisation.

    . syntactically correct writing and use of the specific terminology of war literature


    . capability to organise written text with clarity of thought