|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
Course title: ‘The War of Words during the Great War’
This annual course provides 6 credits and consists of 36 hours of lessons
The course will be held in Italian.
AIMS AND CONTENT
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
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 will be in Italian. During the course 3 mock exames and 3 role playing games will take place.
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.
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:
- The Austrian world and the German world
- The enemy for the German region: Italy and France
- Contributions of intellectuals to the war effort
- Austria: KPQ: the forge of persuasion
- The declarations of war
- Use of writing, art and media as propaganda tools
- Erich Maria Remarque, Im Westen nichts Neues
- Ernst Jünger, In Stahlgewittern
- 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 shall present the programme specified above, with the above cited critical literature and with the addition of the following textbooks:
* Robert Musil, La guerra parallela (a cura di F. Orlandi; trad. di C. Groff), Silvy, 2012.
* Eric Maria Remarque, Niente di nuovo sul fronte occidentale
* Ernst Jünger, Nelle tempeste d’acciaio
Non-attending students are in any case kindly requested to contact the professor.
TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD
NICOLETTA DACREMA (President)
Lessons start on 3rd October 2023.
Tuesday h. 17-19 (aula H - polo didattico)
Wednesday h. 18-19 (aula E - polo didattico)
Learning assessment includes a written test.
Knowledge related to the course will be assessed via:
- 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
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
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.