German Theatre

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/13
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course is aimed at students of all Humanities: its main objective is a mutual enrichment of knowledge and skills gained in the field of Literary Studies with those of Cultural Studies and Performance and Media Studies. History, theory, methods and topics of modern and contemporary German drama and theatre are thus to be discussed, partly in seminar form, focusing on texts and productions of the last hundred years (from Brecht to Rau) with particular regard to the intertwining of history, memory and representation in German Drama and Theatre as well as to the intercultural and intermedial adaption of such politics and aesthetics in and outside German speaking countries.
Expected learning outcomes
As far as the Dublin Descriptors are concerned, following learning outcomes are expected: Knowledge and understanding: overview of history of German Drama and Theatre and of methods and theories of Theatre Studies in Germany in the 20th-21st centuries, with particular regard to drama and performance analysis. Understanding of the main theoretical and methodological issues regarding the study of Contemporary German Drama and Theatre and of its intercultural and intermedial adaptations. Applying knowledge and understanding: analysis skills with regard to the structure of modern drama and of performance, ability in discussing these issues in the class and of autonomously applying the developed methods on other examples (reading list); competencies in writing a paper on a case study.
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
The course is entitled "History and Politics, Memory and Representation in contemporary German Theatre" and consists of the following three teaching parts:

A: From Brecht to Milo Rau: Hundred Years of German Theatre
B: Theatre Studies in Theory and Practice; Drama and Performance Analysis
C: Intercultural and Intermedial Transfer: German Drama in Contemporary Performance

Students interested in acquiring 6 ECTS will stick to the program of parts A&B (first exam in "German Theatre") or of the parts A&C (second exam in "German Theatre"). Students interested in acquiring 9 ECTS will stick to the program of parts A, B, and C (first exam in "German Theatre"). Anyone who takes a second exam in "German Theatre" for 9 ETCS must agree upon a personal syllabus with the professor (office hours).
The course aims to bring literary studies into dialogue with cultural and performance studies. Introductory lectures, seminar discussions, group and pair work as well as individual activities are to be dealing and exercising methodological questions and analytical practices and will concretely address following questions: What are Drama and Theatre Studies and what is their relationship with Literature and Cultural studies at the core of Humanities? What is their specific German tradition and development? What does Theatre History mean, with what sources does one work, how can one investigate them? What are the main aspects of dramatic writing, theorizing and theatre practice in German Theatre of the last hundred years? How does one analyse dramas, essays, theatre materials and productions as well as contemporary adaptations? How does one investigate the intercultural transfer regulating the arrival of German-language theatre in the Italian context (mediation, translation, staging)

The course program is valid until September 2023. Starting with the exam term of December 2023 only the program of the 2022-23 course will be valid.
Prerequisites for admission
Students of all degree courses who are enrolled at least in the second year of a three-year degree course are admitted to the course, without specific prerequisites
Teaching methods
The course adopts following teaching methods: introductory lectures, plenum discussions, group and pair work, individual activities; reading and commenting on significant texts and passages, practical exercises on the use of sources for theatrical studies; viewing and commenting on documentaries, films and theatre performances.
Teaching Resources
The course has a website on the "Ariel" online teaching platform (https://mcastellaristt.ariel.ctu.unimi.it). There one finds materials for attending the course and preparing for the exam as well as further information and material.
Hereunder the syllabus for attending students; indications for non-attending students follow right away.


SYLLABUS FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS

Teaching unit A
1) "Il teatro tedesco del Novecento". A cura di T. Scamardì. Roma-Bari: Laterza 2009.

2) Materiali sul teatro tedesco degli ultimi cento anni, forniti dal docente (vd. ARIEL).

3) At least three of following plays by three different authors, in any complete edition (as for the plays, Master-students of European and Extra-European Languages will read them in German).
- Gottfried Benn: "Ithaka";
- Walter Hasenclever: "Antigone";
- Ernst Toller: "Hoppla, wir leben";
- Marieluise Fleißer: "Pioniere in Ingolstadt";
- Ődőn von Horvath: "Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Trommeln in der Nacht";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Leben des Galilei";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Der gute Mensch von Sezuan";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Der kaukasische Kreidekreis";
- Max Frisch: "Biedermann und die Brandstifter";
- Max Frisch: "Andorra";
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt: "Der Besuch der alten Dame";
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt: "Die Physiker";
- Rolf Hochhuth: "Der Stellvertreter";
- Peter Weiss: "Marat-Sade";
- Peter Weiss: "Inferno";
- Peter Weiss: "Die Ermittlung";
- Peter Handke: "Selbstbezichtigung";
- Peter Handke: "Kaspar";
- Wolfgang Bauer: "Magic Afternoon";
- George Tabori: "Die Kannibalen";
- George Tabori: "Mein Kampf";
- George Tabori: "Die Goldberg-Variationen";
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder: "Katzelmacher";
- Franz Xaver Kroetz: "Heimarbeit";
- Thomas Bernhard: "Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige";
- Thomas Bernhard: "Vor dem Ruhestand";
- Thomas Bernhard: "Heldenplatz";
- Botho Strauss: "Trilogie des Wiedersehens";
- Heiner Müller: "Hamletmaschine";
- Heiner Müller: "Germania Tod in Berlin";
- Elfriede Jelinek: "Wolken.Heim.";
- Elfriede Jelinek: "Jackie"
- Dea Loher: "Manhattan Medea";
- Urs Widmer: "Top Dogs";
- Marius von Mayenburg: "Der Häßliche";
- Roland Schimmelpfennig: "Besuch bei dem Vater";
- Roland Schimmelpfennig: "Das Reich der Tiere"
- Sasha Marianna Salzmann: "Muttersprache Mameloschn";
- Rebekka Kricheldorf: "Homo empathicus";
- Thomas Köck: "Jenseits von Fukuyama".


Teaching unit B
- Materials provided by the teacher, discussed and used in class and related to the history, theory and practice of German Drama and Theatre studies (see ARIEL)
- Individual written paper of each attending student, in application of the analytical skills learned during the course. Theme and scope are to be agreed with the professor; deadline for the delivery of the paper (per mail or during office hours): two weeks before the exam term (Bachelor: 10,000 characters; Master: 20,000 characters)

Teaching unit C
- Materials provided by the teacher, discussed and used in class and related to the mediation, translation, and staging of German Theatre in Italy (see ARIEL)
- Collective project work, to be presented and discussed collegially, on the presence of German Drama and Theatre in Italy.

Information for non-attending students
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.
Hereunder the syllabus for non-attending students

SYLLABUS FOR NON ATTENDING STUDENTS

1) "Il teatro tedesco del Novecento". A cura di T. Scamardì. Roma-Bari: Laterza 2009.

2) At least one of following volumes
- Bertolt Brecht: "Scritti teatrali". Torino: Einaudi 2001ss.
- Erwin Piscator: "Il teatro politico". Torino: Einaudi 2002ss.
- Heiner Müller: "Guerra senza battaglia. Una vita sotto due dittature". Rovereto: Zandonai 2010.
- Hans-Thies Lehmann: "Il teatro postdrammatico". Imola: CUE Press 2007.
- Milo Rau: "Realismo globale". Imola: CUE Press 2007.

3) At least five of following plays by five different authors, in any complete edition (as for the plays, Master-students of European and Extra-European Languages will read them in German).
- Gottfried Benn: "Ithaka";
- Walter Hasenclever: "Antigone";
- Ernst Toller: "Hoppla, wir leben";
- Marieluise Fleißer: "Pioniere in Ingolstadt";
- Ődőn von Horvath: "Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Trommeln in der Nacht";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Leben des Galilei";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Der gute Mensch von Sezuan";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti";
- Bertolt Brecht: "Der kaukasische Kreidekreis";
- Max Frisch: "Biedermann und die Brandstifter";
- Max Frisch: "Andorra";
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt: "Der Besuch der alten Dame";
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt: "Die Physiker";
- Rolf Hochhuth: "Der Stellvertreter";
- Peter Weiss: "Marat-Sade";
- Peter Weiss: "Inferno";
- Peter Weiss: "Die Ermittlung";
- Peter Handke: "Selbstbezichtigung";
- Peter Handke: "Kaspar";
- Wolfgang Bauer: "Magic Afternoon";
- George Tabori: "Die Kannibalen";
- George Tabori: "Mein Kampf";
- George Tabori: "Die Goldberg-Variationen";
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder: "Katzelmacher";
- Franz Xaver Kroetz: "Heimarbeit";
- Thomas Bernhard: "Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige";
- Thomas Bernhard: "Vor dem Ruhestand";
- Thomas Bernhard: "Heldenplatz";
- Botho Strauss: "Trilogie des Wiedersehens";
- Heiner Müller: "Hamletmaschine";
- Heiner Müller: "Germania Tod in Berlin";
- Elfriede Jelinek: "Wolken.Heim.";
- Elfriede Jelinek: "Jackie"
- Dea Loher: "Manhattan Medea";
- Urs Widmer: "Top Dogs";
- Marius von Mayenburg: "Der Häßliche";
- Roland Schimmelpfennig: "Besuch bei dem Vater";
- Roland Schimmelpfennig: "Das Reich der Tiere"
- Sasha Marianna Salzmann: "Muttersprache Mameloschn";
- Rebekka Kricheldorf: "Homo empathicus";
- Thomas Köck: "Jenseits von Fukuyama".

Teaching unit B
Both following volumes:
- Christopher Balme: "Einführung in die Theaterwissenschaft". Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag 2003ff. (per i non germanisti anche nell'ed. inglese, id.: "The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies". Cambridge: CUP 2008ss.)
- L. Lari: "Generi letterari. Dramma". Bari: Graphis 2004ss.

Teaching unit C
At least two of following volumes:
- Alberto Benedetto: "Brecht e il Piccolo Teatro. Una questione di diritti". Milano: Mimesis 2016.
- Massimo Bucciantini: "Un Galileo a Milano". Torino: Einaudi 2017.
- Raffaella Di Tizio: "L'opera dello straccione di Vito Pandolfi e il mito di Brecht nell'Italia fascista". Canterano: Aracne 2018
- Hermann Dorowin, Lia Secci (cur.): "Il teatro contemporaneo di lingua tedesca in Italia". Napoli: Edizioni scientifiche italiane 2002.
- Roberta Gandolfi: "Un'Istruttoria lunga più di trent'anni. Olocausto, memoria, performance al Teatro Due di Parma". Milano: Mimesis 2016.

Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is an oral interview, usually in Italian. One can choose to take the exam in German, too. The candidate responds on itemm dealt with during the course and/or the preparation with adequate answers, as far as vocabulary, structure, content, and critical spirit are regarded. Presentation and commenting on the individual activities and paper (if any) are also required. The oral test aims to verify the acquisition of the skills and knowledge described above and may differ on the basis of the chosen readings and of the activities planned for attending or non-attending students.
The final grade is expressed in thirtieths and takes into account, where applicable, the score obtained for the paper. The student has the right to refuse the grade (in this case the exam will be recorded with "withdrawn").

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.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is an oral interview, usually in Italian. One can choose to take the exam in German, too. The candidate respond on items dealt with during the corus and/or the preparation with adequate answers, as far as vocabulary, structure, content and critical spirit are regarded. Presentation and commenting on the individual acitivities and paper (if any) are also required. The oral test aims to verify the acquisition of the skills and knowledge described above and may differ on the basis of the chosen readings and of the activities planned for attending or non-attending students.
The final grade is expressed in thirtieths and takes into account, where applicable, the score obtained for the paper. The student has the right to refuse the grade (in this case the exam will be recorded with "withdrawn").

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
Seminars: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
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]