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GERMAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I

CODE 55866
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9918 LETTERATURE MODERNE E SPETTACOLO (LM-14) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/13
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The module covers the period from about 1700 to 1830. This course provides an introduction to literature of this period. In the first part of the course you will learn about techniques of studying fictional texts and understanding them within their social, political and cultural contexts. Cultural trends, main authors and the most significant works from each period will be dealt with, while pointing out both the distinctive elements of the German area. The historical and literary survey will be essentially organized into movements.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    By the end of this course you should have:

    - Acquired an understanding of a number of important Enlightment/Romantic/Vormärz -texts

    - Developed an ability to read and analyse fictional texts

    - Developed an ability to understand social, historical and political factors that have influenced Enlightment/Romantic/Vormärz writers

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    By the end of this course you should have:

    - Acquired an understanding of a number of important Enlightment/Romantic/Vormärz -texts

    - Developed an ability to read and analyse fictional texts

    - Developed an ability to understand social, historical and political factors that have influenced Enlightment/Romantic/Vormärz writers

    At the end of the course the student is initiated using the methods and basic analytical tools to interpret the works of the main authors, contextualizing them in culture and historical period .

    Students should have acquired an independent literary judgment.

    PREREQUISITES

    none

    TEACHING METHODS

    36 hours, 3 hours per week in the second semester

    Traditional lessons

    36 hours (three weekly hours over 12 weeks) of lectures held by the teacher, during which literary, social and historical analyses will be accompanied by comments on single literary works, even with the reading of chosen texts in Italian translation and in German version. This activity will be meant to provide students with methodological tools and to promote students' participation. 

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The module covers the period from about 1700 to 1830. This course provides an introduction to literature of this period. All the lectures are in the second semester (36 hours, 3 hours per week). In the first part of the course you will learn about techniques of studying fictional texts and understanding them within their social, political and cultural contexts.

    This course is taken by all first-year students taking courses in German Studies.

    Students will have to read: "Emilia Galotti" by Lessing; "Kabale und Liebe" by Schiller; "Homburg" by Kleist; "Woyzeck" by Büchner.

    Lessons and readings in Italian.

    Attendance is not obbligatory, but heartily recommended.

    The exam will be a written paper (unless otherwise indicated due to the evolution of the health situation).

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    1. Lessing

    "Emilia Galotti": Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Emilia Galotti. Einaudi (1980). Collezione di teatro

    "Minna von Barnhelm": Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Minna von Barnhelm. A cura di Emilio Bonfatti. Traduzione di Italo Alighiero Chiusano. Letteratura universale Marsilio. Marsilio (1990)

    "Nathan il saggio": Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Nathan il saggio. Garzanti (2003). I grandi Libri

    2. Schiller

    "Intrigo e Amore", versione consigliata, contenuta in: Friedrich Schiller, Teatro. Einaudi (1969)

    3. Kleist

    "Homburg": Heinruch von Kleist, Il principe di Homburg. Introduzione e traduzione di Rossana Rossanda. A cura di Hermann Dorowin. Letteratura universale Marsilio. Marsilio (1997)

    4. Büchner

    "Woyzeck": Georg Büchner, Woyzeck. A cura di Hermann Dorowin. Letteratura universale Marsilio. Marsilio (2003)

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

    Buglioni, Castellari, Goggio, Paleari, Letteratura tedesca. Epoche, generi, inersezioni. Dal Medioevo al primo Novecento. Le Monnier Università (2020), pp. 65-87; 94-99; 110-120; 136-144; 235-246; 311-312.

    For details about the programme, the reading list and all the material for students who cannot attend the course, please contact the teacher at serena.spazzarini@unige.it

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    February 2023

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    This course is assessed by written examination on the contents of the course and the reading list, as well as other compulsory materials. Language of examination: German or Italian. Total test time: 1 hr. The open-ended-question exam paper covers all parts of the syllabus (cultural and historical context, history of literature and all the prescribed texts and critical materials). 

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam will be a written paper (unless otherwise indicated due to the evolution of the health situation). It will include both essay questions and questions requiring direct answer on the historical-cultural context, on the critical material (=general part) and on the analysed texts. The exam will verify: a.the effective acquisition of basic critic knowledge; b. the effective acquisition of basic knowledge on the German culture and literature of the period Enlightenment/Vormaerz and their identification in a text. The open questions will allow to evaluate the ability to apply the acquired knowledge for the analysis of a text.

    The weighting is 40% for the general part and 60% for the analyse and interpretation of the texts.

    Language of examination: German or Italian. Total test time: 1 hr. The open-ended-question exam paper covers all parts of the syllabus. 

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students with a certified DSA, disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the lecturer at the beginning of the course in order to agree on teaching and examination methods that, while respecting the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory tools.