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GERMAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE II

CODE 61289
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 9918 LETTERATURE MODERNE E SPETTACOLO (LM-14) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/13
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER Annual
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    First part - Course title, first semester:  ‘German Literature from XVIII to the XX Century’

    Second part - Course title, second semester: ‘'The War of Words during the Great War’' 

    This annual course provides 9 credits and consists of 54 hours of lessons (36 hours: First part - first semester; 18 hours: Second part - second semester).

    The 6 CFU course consists of 36 hours of lessons (First part - first semester)

    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

    Attendance and active participation in the proposed training activities (lectures and online activities) and individual study will enable the student to:
    - Know the general lines of the development of German Literature from XVIII to XX Century, contextualizing literary productions in culture and in the historical period of reference

    - 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

    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

    During the first semester: 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. Traditional lesson.

    In the second semester: 18 hours of lectures held by the teacher.

    Teaching will be in Italian.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    A. FIRST PART (First semester - Prof.ssa Spazzarini)

    The first part will take place during the first semester (October 2022-January 2023) focusing on the study of the following Authors with their works:

    1) J. W. von Goethe

    'Die Leiden des jungen Werthers' (complete reading)

    excerpts from 'Die Wahlverwandschaften'

    excerpts from 'Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre'

    excerpts from 'Faust'

    Poetic production: 'Prometheus', 'Erlkönig', 'Wandrers Nachtlied'

    2) Novalis

    'Erste Hymne'

    3) Heine

    Poetic production: 'Loreley', 'Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam', 'Das Fräulein stand am Meere', 'Die schlesischen Weber'

    4) Fontane

    excerpts from 'Effi Briest'

    excerpts from 'Der Stechlin'

    5) Brecht

    'Leben des Galilei' (complete reading)

    excerpts from 'Die Dreigroschenoper' 

    Poetic production: 'Verjagt mit gutem Grund', 'Legende vom toten Soldaten', 'Zu Potsdam unter den Eichen', 'Der Führer hat gesagt', 'Das Lied vom Anstreicher Hitler', 'Deutschland'

    5) T. Mann

    'Der Tod in Venedig' (complete reading)

    6) Kafka

    'Die Verwandlung' (complete reading)

    excerpts from 'Brief an den Vater'

    7) Ch. Wolf

    excerpts from 'Der geteilte Himmel'

     

    B. SECOND PART (Second semester - Prof.ssa Dacrema)

    The second part will take place during the second semester (February 2023- May 2023).

    The course entitled ‘The War of Words during the Great 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. Creation of a group identity
    5. An example of propaganda: Austria's declaration of war against Italy
    6. The fronts of writing and art
    7. Remarque
    8. Jünger

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    First Part - References

    Primary Texts:

    J.W. von Goethe, I dolori del giovane Werther. Traduzione di Enrico Ganni. Introduzione di Luigi Forte. Torino, Einaudi (Einaudi Classici)

    B. Brecht, Vita di Galileo. Traduzione di Emilio Castellani. Torino, Einaudi

    T. Mann, La morte a Venezia. A cura di Elisabeth Galvan. Letteratura Universale Marsilio

    F. Kafka, La Metamorfosi. Traduzione di Enrico Ganni. Introduzione di Luigi Forte. Torino, Einaudi (Einaudi Classici)

    All the excerpts and/or poetic texts used during the lessons and other teaching material will be available on aulaweb. In general, the notes taken during the lessons and the material on aulaweb are sufficient for the preparation of the exam.
    The following books are suggested as supporting texts (non attending Students):

    Buglioni, Castellari, Goggio, Paleari (a cura di), Letteratura tedesca. Epoche, generi, intersezioni. Vol. 1: Dal Medioevo al primo Novecento. Vol. 2: Dal primo dopoguerra al nuovo millennio. Le Monnier, 2019.

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

    B. Second Part - References

    Alberto Destro, I Paesi di lingua tedesca, Il Mulino, 2004

    Robert Musil, L’ultimo giornale dell’Imperatore (a cura di M. Libardi e F. Orlandi), Reverdito, Trento, 2019

    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:

    Robert Musil, La guerra parallela (a cura di F. Orlandi; trad. di C. Groff), Silvy, 2012.

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

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Lessons start on 5th October 2022 (weekly timetable during the first semester)

    wednesday: h. 16-17, aula 11 (Albergo dei Poveri)

    thursday: h. 8-10, aula 1 (Albergo dei Poveri)

    For the second semester, see aulaweb.

     

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    First Part

    The exam will be a written test. It will include both essay questions and questions requiring direct answer on the historical-cultural context, on the critical material and on the analysed texts.

    Second Part

    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

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    First Part

    The exam will be a written test. It will include both essay questions and questions requiring direct answer on the historical-cultural context, on the critical material and on the analysed texts.

    Second Part

    Learning assessment includes a written test (unless otherwise indicated due to the evolution of the health situation).

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

    The assessment of the exam will take into account, as well as the knowledge of the program to be carried out, also the exhibition capacity and accuracy in the use of the specific language of the discipline.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Criteria for assigning the final mark:

    - skill in debate and summarisation

    - syntactically correct writing and use of the specific terminology

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

    - capability to organise written text with clarity of thought

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    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.