German Literature and Intermedial Studies

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at introducing the study of German Literature in intermedial perspective and at consolidating competences of analysis, interpretation, methodologies and argumentative skills in German with regard to German and Comparative studies. Through the combination and the interrelation of different art languages and the adaption of a text into another medium the course will substantiate the theoretical approaches thanks to examples, which will be discussed in the class in order to allow an individual scientific work.
Expected learning outcomes
With respect to the Dublin Descriptors following learning outcomes are expected:
Knowledge and understanding: essential features of theories and methods of German literature in intermedial perspective, with particular regard to contemporary theoretical approaches of German studies; knowledge of the fundamental patterns of interpretation and of significant examples.
Applying knowledge and understanding: ability to analyse texts of German Literature and their intermedial adaptions; ability to discuss in German in a workshop contest and to apply the learned methodologies to other texts; capacity to use the competences acquired in the course to write a scientific paper in German.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course (2nd term) provides 6 or 9 ECTS. To get awarded 9 ECTS students are given materials for self study including tutoring.

Title of the course: German Literature and its Intermedial approaches in theory and praxis

The course consists of the following teaching units:

Teaching Unit A (20 hours, 3 ects):
German Literature and its Adaptions - History, Methods and Patterns in Intermedial Approaches
Teaching Unit B (20 hours, 3 ects):
German Literature and its Adaptions - Analyses of
Different Intermedial Examples
Teaching Unit B (20 hours, 3 ects):
German Literature in Intermedial Approaches in Theory and Praxis - self-study with tutoring

Programme for attending students

Attending students have to write a paper in German (Hausarbeit) consisting in the intermedial analysis of an example, which will be agreed with the lecturers. There will be an oral exam, too, consisting in an interview about one of the above mentioned handbooks and about texts and materials available on Ariel Letteratura tedesca e intermedialità.

Programme for non-attending students

Non-attending students have to contact one of the teacher to get specific materials.

The course programme is valid until July 2021. From the 2021 Autumn session, exclusively the A.A. 2020-21 course programme will be valid.
Prerequisites for admission
Lectures, activities in class, learning materials and exams are in German so that students are supposed to have at least a linguistic competence of level B2.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods:
class teaching on theory and history of intermediality in its relation to literature; seminar discussion on intermedial texts, works of art, films and so on...
Teaching Resources

Rajewsky, Irina O., Intermedialität, Tübingen und Basel, 2002.

Robert, Jörg, Einführung in die Intermedialität, Darmstadt, 2014.

Werner, Wolf, Intermedialität, in: Metzler Lexikon Literatur- und Kulturtheorie, hrsg. von A. Nünning, Stuttgart, Weimar, 2001.

Wirth, Uwe, Intermedialität, in: Grundbegriffe der Medientheorie, hrsg. von Alexander Roesler und Bernd Stiegler, Paderborn 2005.

Texts and other Materials available on the Ariel-website "Letteratura tedesca e intermedialità".
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination, which is held in German, consists in an interview about the studies material aiming at verifying theoretical and historical knowledge as well as competences and skills in analysing intermedial adaptions.
For attending students also the active participation to the classes and the written paper will be evaluated.

The finale grade will be evaluated in thirtieths.

International students or incoming Erasmus students are invited to contact the teacher as soon as possible. The examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or with DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent office.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Castellari Marco
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Paleari Moira
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Individual study and practice: 20 hours
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