German Literature and Intermedial Studies

A.Y. 2020/2021
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
In case of health emergency, distance learning will be adopted, mainly through online synchronous lectures (on Teams) or (if a small group of attending students is involved) in the classroom (presence through the app lezionunimi). All lessons will be then recorded and published on the ARIEL platform.
Any updates will be communicated on the ARIEL platform.

Syllabus and exam form are the same. The oral exam will take place, if necessary, on Teams, according to the indications provided by the University.
Course syllabus
The course (2nd term) provides 6 or 9 ECTS. To get awarded 9 ECTS a Referat and a Hausarbeit are requested.

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

The course consists of the following teaching parts:

A (20 hours, 3 ects): German Literature and its Adaptions - History, Methods and Patterns in Intermedial Approaches
B (20 hours, 3 ects): German Literature and its Adaptions - Analyses of Different Intermedial Examples
C (20 hours, 3 ects): German Literature in Intermedial Approaches - case studies and presentations

Programme for attending students

Attending students (9CFU) have to write a paper in German (Hausarbeit) consisting in the intermedial analysis of an example, which will be agreed with the lecturers (see oral presentation). 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 as well as on the course contents.

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 2022. From September 2022, exclusively the A.A. 2021-22 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.
Please remember to sign up through the app lezionunimi
Teaching methods
The course, which is held in German, 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 visual art, productions, films etc., paper presentations
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 the active participation to the classes, the presentation and the paper will also be evaluated (presentation and paper for 9 CFU).

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
Lessons (seminars): 20 hours
Educational website(s)
office hours - please book an appointment by email
virtual classroom on Teams. code 0nzjzr4 [office hours will resume as soon as possible, depending on how the emergency situation evolves]