German literature 2

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/13
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at analysing and interpreting key texts by authors of German-language literature from the nineteenth century Realism to the early twentieth century Avant-garde movements, with a specific focus on the literary-historical context and the development of the genres. It also draws attention to methods and tools for textual analysis of narrative, poetic and dramatic works, applying them to texts from the studied periods.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: essential outlines of the history of German-language literature from 1815 to 1925; main texts and authors of the examined periods.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: reading and contextualising the fundamental works of German-language literature from the nineteenth-century Realism to the Avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century. The students are also expected to analyse independently key texts, including versification in the case of poetry, to place authors in the relevant period/current; to explain similarities and differences between texts as well as the peculiarities of the genres they belong to.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
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.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: German Literature from XIX century to the Avant-garde of the early twentieth century

The course, which takes place mainly in Italian, with short historical-literary introductions and reading of texts in German, is aimed at students in the 2nd year of the Bachelor's Degree Course in Lingue e letterature straniere and provides for the compulsory acquisition of 9 ects; for the examination, therefore, the complete course syllabus must be followed (the course syllabus is valid until September 2023).

The course consists of three parts and aims to analyse and interpret key texts by authors of German literature of Vormärz and Biedermeier, Poetic Realism, Naturalism, Fin de siècle, Expressionism, Dadaism, with particular attention to the analysis of fundamental texts of the introduced literary currents.

Part A (20 ore, 3 ects): Tra Ottocento e Novecento: tradizione e modernità (Moira Paleari)

Part B (20 ore, 3 ects): Il primo Novecento: modernità e avanguardia (Moira Paleari)

Part C (20 ore, 3 ects): L'Ottocento fra Biedermeier, Vormärz e Realismo (Alessandra Goggio - alessandra.goggio@unimi.it)
Prerequisites for admission
Following skills are required: a solid knowledge of German literature of previous literary currents (from Aufklärung to Spätromantik) and the ability to analyse texts belonging to different literary genres.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching method: lectures consisting in presentation of the literary currents and textual analysis.
Teaching Resources
Bibliographical References:

- C.M. Buglioni, M. Castellari, A. Goggio, M. Paleari, Letteratura tedesca. Epoche, generi, intersezioni, Firenze, Le Monnier Università-Mondadori Education, 2019 (Chapters 8-13, including in-depth materials and glossary).
- Reader (2021-2022) and materials about textual analysis (see Ariel Letteratura tedesca 2).
- Full edition texts (see below: Teaching Units).

In details:

Part A
- Reader (2021-2022)
- Rainer Maria Rilke, Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge

Recommended Editions:
- Rainer Maria Rilke, Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge, Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp (Suhrkamp BasisBibliothek).
- Rainer Maria Rilke, I quaderni di Malte Laurids Brigge, Milano, Garzanti.

Part B
- Reader (2021-2022)
- Alfred Döblin, Die Segelfahrt and Die Ermordung einer Butterblume

Recommended Editions:
- Alfred Döblin, Die Ermordung einer Butterblume. Gesammelte Erzählungen, Frankfurt am Main, Fischer.
- Alfred Döblin, L'assassinio di un ranuncolo e altri racconti, Firenze, Passigli editore.

Part C
- Reader (2021-2022)
- Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Die Judenbuche. Ein Sittengemälde aus dem gebirgichten Westphalen

Recommended Editions:
- Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Die Judenbuche. Ein Sittengemälde aus dem gebirgichten Westphalen, Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp (Suhrkamp BasisBibliothek).
- Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Il faggio degli ebrei, Venezia, Marsilio.

Students also have to read individually the texts of one of the following groups (in German or Italian, any complete edition):

Group A
Theodor Storm, Der Schimmelreiter
Frank Wedekind, Frühlings Erwachen
Thomas Mann, Der Tod in Venedig

Group B
Adalbert Stifter, Brigitta
Franz Grillparzer, Sappho
Heinrich Mann, Professor Unrat

Group C
Gottfried Keller, Kleider machen Leute
Georg Büchner, Dantons Tod
Franz Kafka, Der Prozeß
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination, which can be taken either in Italian or German depending on the candidate's choice, consists of an interview on the scheduled topics, aimed at verifying the acquisition of the historical, literary and critical-methodological contents and the ability to analyse a text. During the term there will be two intermediate written tests, consisting of questionnaires on periods and genres with reference to the contents of the handbook. The score of the two tests will be averaged with the one of the oral part, which is based on the analysed texts.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/13 - GERMAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Paleari Moira
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: 20 hours