Course teached as: B004678 - LETTERATURA TEDESCA 1 (12 CFU) 3-years First Cycle Degree (DM 270/04) in LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES Curriculum STUDI LINGUISTICI, LETTERARI E INTERCULTURALI
The course will focus on the major authors, periods and genres in German literary culture in their historical contexts. Relevant analytical and interpretative strategies are introduced to enable students to develop a clear critical thinking and an understanding of a wide range of literary writing in Germany , in the first half of the 20th century.
1) Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Lettera a Lord Chandos [Ein Brief, 1902], introduzione di Claudio Magris, traduzione di Marga Vidusso Feriani, Rizzoli, Milano 1974, oppure Una lettera (La lettera di Lord Chandos), in Hugo von Hofmannsthal, L'ignoto che appare. Scritti 1891-1914, a cura di Gabriella Bemporad, Adelphi, Milano 1991, pp. 135-146.
2) Robert Musil, I turbamenti del giovane Törleß [Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß, 1906], a cura di Bianca Cetti Marinoni, traduzione di Anita Rho, Einaudi, Torino 2003.
3) Rainer Maria Rilke, I quaderni di Malte Laurids Brigge [Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge, 1910], introduzione, traduzione e note di Furio Jesi, Garzanti, Milano 2004 .
4) Thomas Mann, La morte a Venezia [Der Tod in Venedig, 1912], a cura di Marino Freschi, Einaudi, Torino 1994.
5) Franz Kafka, La metamorfosi [Die Verwandlung, 1915], traduzione di Rodolfo Paoli, in Franz Kafka, Racconti, a cura di Ervino Pocar, Mondadori, Milano 2006 , pp. 155-220.
6) Hermann Hesse, L'ultima estate di Klingsor [Klingsors letzter Sommer, 1920], introduzione di Ferruccio Masini, traduzione di Mario Specchio, TEA, Milano 1997 .
7) Arthur Schnitzler, Doppio sogno [Traumnovelle, 1926], a cura di Giuseppe Farese, Adelphi, Milano 1977.
- Anton Reininger, Storia della letteratura tedesca. Fra l'illuminismo e il postmoderno, Rosenberg & Sellier, Torino 2005.
A general bibliography concerning critical essays on the history of German literature and the treated works will be available at the beginning of the course.
The course "The dizziness of the words and the dream of the artist. Masterpieces from German novel of the first half of the twentieth century, from Hugo von Hofmannsthal to Hermann Hesse.
(72 hours) will focus on the study of 20th century literature in Germany. Aims of the course:
a. to introduce students to different literary genres;
b. to familiarize students with the critical instruments required for the analysis of literary texts;
c. to enable students to develop a critical consciousness and an awareness of critical theory and culture theory through detailed analyses of some the most representative texts of literatures in Germany at the beginning of 20th century.
1. Knowledge and understanding: Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding in historical and cultural contexts of the 19th and 20th century in Germany and will acquire the critical tools to cope with the formal and substantive components of the literary texts analyzed during the lessons.
2. Applying knowledge and understanding: Students will learn how to apply processes, models, questions, and theories that result in enhanced clarity in the comprehension of literary texts included in the program, which will be appreciated in both their formal and their contextual features.
3. Making judgements: Students will develop the ability to discuss the literary questions considered during the course, proposing critical perspectives and well-grounded judgements on the texts included in the program.
4. Communication skills: Students will develop the ability to can communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions, with particular reference to themes and questions considered during the lessons.
5. Learning skills: Students will acquire the methodological tools needed to read, analyze and understand literary texts in their generic structures.
The prerequisites are those outlined the course of study
lectures (eventually on line)
The course takes place in the first semester.
Further information will be given at the beginning of the course.
Type of Assessment
Oral exam. The exam will test students' knowledge of:
1. The history of German literature and culture from the beginning to the end of the 19th and 20th centuries.
2. Specific issues and themes in 20th century German literature;
3. The key texts and critical literature included in the reading list.
Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critically evaluate the key texts included in the reading list, and to place them within their historical and cultural contexts.
Successful candidates will be required to demonstrate adequate knowledge in all of the above points (1,2,3).
The exam aims to assess:
- The knowledge of key concepts in the history of German literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.
- The ability to describe and place literary phenomena within their contexts of production and reception;
- The ability of close reading and appreciation of all the texts included in the reading list as well as a thorough command of methodological and theoretical tools;
- The ability to use formal and critical terminology;
Students will demonstrate that they can discuss the subjects treated during the course, make appropriate connections between different authors and works, and express themselves clearly.
Grades are given on the basis of 30 points. Points are awarded if students are able to
1) describe form and contents of the texts studied,
2) understand, summarize and propose critical readings of those texts,
3) elaborate personal judgements that are solidly grounded on the text and/or secondary literature,
4) use appropriate terms.
Nos. 1 and 4 are essential in order to obtain the minimum passing grade (18/30); higher evaluations depend on to what extent' students have developed their skills in all four points listed above.
The dizziness of the words and the dream of the artist. Masterpieces from german novel of the first half of the twentieth century, from Hugo von Hofmannsthal to Hermann Hesse.
On the beginnings of the twentieth century the crisis of the language brings about a radical renewal of literary and expressive technics. The analysed masterpieces, written in the period from ca. 1900 to 1920, are concerning the German spoken area (Germany and Austro-Hungarian Empire) and marks the shift from the heritage of the symbolism era to the more critical and disillusioned expressions of modernity. It will be red stories and novels of some german authors such as H. v. Hofmannsthal, A. Schnitzler, R. Musil, R. M. Rilke, F. Kafka, T. Mann, H. Hesse.