The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge and interpretative tools to tackle the advanced study of some aspects of German culture starting from their historical-political and social contextualization. Through the analysis of different documents and cultural products (literary and journalistic texts, video materials, images, cinematography) pertaining to the German-speaking world the course seeks, also thanks to the seminar-based discussion, to stimulate the critical thinking and communication skills of the students.
Expected learning outcomes
In the lectures students will acquire knowledge about German culture and will refine their ability to understand the changes that have characterized the German-speaking world, in particular during the twentieth century, and to critically reflect on the effects that these have had on the current socio-political and cultural landscape. At the end of the course the students will be able to interpret texts and cultural products in the original language, contextualizing them both in the historical-cultural era of reference and within a diachronic scheme of German culture, as well as to re-elaborate and argue critically and autonomously the acquired knowledge.
The course consists of the following two units, which will be addressed in sequence: A. The representation of the Berlin of the Goldene Zwanziger in the culture of the Weimarer Republik. B. The Berlin of the Goldene Zwanziger in the mirror of contemporary German culture.
Within the first unit, after a short introduction to the concept of the city as a cultural space, a historical-social contextualization of Berlin in the 1920s will be provided; later on, a selection of cultural products of the time will be analysed (excerpts from literary texts, newspaper articles, films, works in the field of visual arts) which demonstrate the liveliness and cultural richness of the German capital as well as the contradictions and political tensions and social issues that characterized its life during the years of the Weimarer Republik.
In the second unit will be presented and discussed intermedial representations of the Berlin image of the 'golden twenties', which today find space within the German culture (and not only), paying particular attention to new artistic forms - such as the graphic novel and the tv series - and reflecting on the value and meaning that this revival of Goldene Zwanziger's Berlin topos have in the contemporary cultural landscape.
This syllabus is valid until February 2021.
The syllabus for non-attending students is the same as that for attending students. Given the greater difficulties arising from a study conducted independently, it is recommended that non-attending students contact the teacher to obtain more information about the preparation of the exam.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is held in Italian but is based on materials and bibliography in German. A solid knowledge of the German language is required to understand scientific, literary and journalistic texts, as well as video material in the original language.
The course adopts the following teaching methods: lectures; discussion and collective analysis in class of the proposed materials; watching and commenting documentaries and films.
Unit A A reader containing all the materials covered by the unit will be made available on the Ariel website (Cultura tedesca LIN I - II) and illustrated at the beginning of the course. The unit also includes the preparation of the following materials: Berlin - Die Sinfonie der Großstadt, film (W. Ruttmann, 1927) (available in the Library - Polo di Mediazione linguistica e interculturale / free online: https://archive.org/)
Unit B A reader containing all the materials covered by the unit will be made available on the Ariel website (Cultura tedesca LIN I - II) and illustrated at the beginning of the course. The unit also includes the preparation of the following materials:Lutes, J., Berlin 02. Bleierne Stadt. Carlsen, 2008. Babylon Berlin, TV Series - Season 1 (Staffel 1-2), 2017. (available at the beginning of the course in the Library - Polo di Mediazione linguistica e interculturale)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an individual interview, which includes questions asked by the teacher, interactions between the teacher and the student and the analysis and commentary of one or more materials in the syllabus. The interview takes place in Italian. The interview aims to verify the knowledge of the materials, the ability to contextualize them, the property of language and the capacity for critical and personal reflection on the proposed themes. The final grade is expressed in 30/30.