German Literature 1

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to introduce learners to the study of German literature at university level and to provide them with knowledge and skills both in cultural-historical perspective and in terms of methodology, close-reading, philological and critical issues. After a brief overview of the many centuries prior to the beginning of modern German literature, the aim is in particular to introduce them through remote teaching into literary movements, trends, genres, texts, themes and authors of the Age of Enlightenment (c. 1700-1789) and the Classic Romantic Age (c. 1789-1815). Then, the lectures will focus on a topic that allows to deal with salient issues of German literature and culture and of World Literature as well: the legend of Faust and. in detail, the tragedies about the necromancer written by J.W. Goethe between the 18th and 19th century.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: essential features of German History and Culture of the Middle Ages and of the Early Modern period; in-depth knowledge and understanding of German Literature between 1700 and 1815 ca.; in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the Faust-legend in Germany and of Goethe's tragedies on the necromancer. Applying knowledge and understanding: use of historical-literary, analytical, critical tools; skills in close reading of selected texts (also in German as far as formal features are concerned), skills in discussing genres, trends, authors, works and themes of the given period; reading and individual analysis of complete works; ability to deal with German Studies tools and critical readings (in Italian).
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
The course takes place in the classroom and is accompanied by supplementary teaching activities to be carried out in self-study (1st and 2nd semester)
Course syllabus
Title of the course: "Faust and German Literature - from the Middle Ages to Romanticism"

Part A: Faustian motives and texts up to the "Sturm und Drang"-period
Part B: Faust in the Age of Classicism and Romanticism
Part C: Reading Faust

The course delivers 9 credits; teaching parts are all compulsory.
The course deals with German literature from the Middle Ages to Romanticism. The lectures will focus on the legend of Faust and its literary literary declensions until the beginning of the nineteenth century, with particular attention to J.W. Goethe's tragedies ("Urfaust"; "Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil"; "Faust. Der Tragödie zweiter Teil").
The course includes integrative multimedia practical classes during both semesters (see ARIEL): this leads the learner to develop historical-literary knowledge and textual analysis skills with reference to German language literature from its origins to Romanticism. After a brief cultural-historical overview of the Middle Ages and of Early Modern Germany, the focus will be on movements, genres, texts, themes and authors in the Age of Enlightenment (ca. 1700-1789) and the Age of Classicism and Romanticism (ca. 1789-1815).

The course program is valid until September 2023. Starting with the exam term of December 2023 the program of the 2022-23 course will only be valid.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
The course is delivered mainly as a lecture (overall introductions, methodological and historical perspectives, literary forms and terms, close readings of original texts; philological and critical issues). It also includes practical classes (remote teaching, multimedia tools, self assessment) in both first and second semester.
Teaching Resources
The course has a website on the "Ariel" online teaching platform ( There one finds materials for attending the course and preparing for the exam as well as further information and material.

Teaching parts A, B & C
The program of the three parts is unique and consists of three sections.

C.M. Buglioni, M. Castellari, A. Goggio, M. Paleari: "Letteratura tedesca. Epoche, generi, intersezioni. Dal Medioevo al primo Novecento" (= vol. 1). Milano: Mondadori 2019, pp. 1-292 (from the Middle Ages to Romanticism) + all further materials regarding these contents (both in the volume itself and online): insight boxes, glossary, tables, online texts and insights.

Each student must read four literary works.
It is recommended to read introductions and / or afterwords.
The choice between the various existing editions is free as long as they are integral versions.
One can read these works in German or in translation.

A) at least two of the following works by two different authors (XVIIIth century, please choose one drama and one narrative); the works are here listed in a chronological order:
- Ch.M. Wieland, "Musarion oder Die Philosophie der Grazien"
- G.E. Lessing, "Emilia Galotti"
- J.W. Goethe, "Die Leiden des jungen Werther"
- J.M. Lenz. "Die Soldaten"
- G.E. Lessing, "Nathan der Weise"
- F. Schiller, "Kabale und Liebe"
- J.W. Goethe, "Iphigenie auf Tauris"
- J.W. Goethe, "Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre"
- F. Hölderlin, "Hyperion oder der Eremit in Griechenland"
- L. Tieck, "Der blonde Eckbert"

A) at least two of the following works by two different authors (XIXth century, please choose one drama and one narrative); the works are here listed in a chronological order:
- F. Schiller, "Wallenstein"
- F. Schiller, "Maria Stuart"
- F. Schiller, "Wilhelm Tell"
- J.W. Goethe, "Die Wahlverwandtschaften"
- H.v. Kleist, "Penthesilea"
- H.v. Kleist, "Prinz Friedrich von Homburg"
- A.v. Chamisso, "Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte"
- E.T.A. Hoffmann, "Der goldene Topf"
- E.T.A. Hoffmann, "Der Sandmann"
- J.v. Eichendorff, "Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts"

- Antologia faustiana (downloadable on ARIEL)
- J.W. Goethe, "Faust. Urfaust", traduzione, note e commento di Andrea Casalegno, Milano, Garzanti, varie ristampe.
[This German-Italian edition is suitable for university study thanks to its apparatus. Yhe use of other editions is strongly discouraged]

Programme for non-attending students

The attendance of the course is highly recommended as it is one of the compulsory exams for those who study German Language and Literature in the context of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
During office hours, non-attending students (i.e. those who do not attend at all and those who attend less than 75% of the lessons) will be given further directions for the preparation of the exam.
In any case, it is foreseen for non-attendants:
- the extension of the number of individual readings to at least six works (3 of the first group, by three different authors, 3 of the second group, by three different authors, preserving the presence of both dramatic and narrative texts in both cases).
- the study of one of the following volumes:
Paola Del Zoppo, "Faust in Italia. Ricezione, adattamento, traduzione del capolavoro di Goethe", Roma, Artemide, 2009
Luca Zenobi, "Faust. Il mito dalla tradizione orale al post-pop", Roma, Carocci, 2013.

For the rest, the program coincides with that of attending students (the possibility of taking partial tests after taking practical classes in remote teaching is also offered to non-attending students)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam (written test + interview) has to be taken entirely in a single term.
Partial tests at the end of each term enable to avoid the written test and take directly the interview (focused only on part 2 and 3 of the syllabus).

Both written test and interview are in Italian, overall reference to original texts and basic knowledge of literary terms in German is requested too.
The exam consists of a preliminary written test (literary history, close reading of selected texts) which gives access to an oral test on the contents of the scheduled entire readings.
The exam aims to test knowledge and skills obtained during the entire course (frontal lessons, blended learning, individual study).

International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the professor (mail; office hours). The examination procedures for students with disabilities and / or with DSA must be agreed with the professor, in agreement with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
TUE 4:30 p.m. -- please book an appointment
On Teams (code 0nzjzr4) or office hours (S. Alessandro)