GERMAN LITERATURE II
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide to the students a general acquaintance of the main literary phenomena of the 19th century, pointing out the historical development and the estetic questions of the period that define the specific caracter of the singular work.
During the course the student will learn to recognise authors, works and movements of the 19th century and to place them into the storical and literary context. Due to the analysis of the texts the student learns the importance of the carefull reading of the text in original language that allows to identify the fundamental elements for a correct interpretation und acqires knowledge on method and means to reach the purpose.
Following the model of the lessons the students acquires the method of literary analysis oft he text and its interpretation based on the historical and literary context. In this way he acquires fundamental knowledge that allows him to elaborate autonomously appropriate opinions about litaray texts.
The student must have passed the exam of german Literature II.
Course contents summary
The course centres on the german literature of the 19th century that will be presented in its main movements and its most important representitives. The first part is dedicated to late romanticism that will be illustrated in its caracteristics by anaysing the novel „Peter Schlemihls wundersame Reise“ by Adelbert von Chamisso. The second part centres on the movements of Vormärz and Junges Deutschalnd. The problems oft the period and ist strongly politicised literature will be illustrated through reading and interpreting a choice of lyrics by Georg Herwegh and Heinrich Heine. As well will be analised the dramatic play „Woyzeck“ by Georg Büchner The third part is dedicated to realism as the main literary movement oft he second half oft he century. During the course will be analysed the novel „Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe“ by Gottfried Keller and „Frau Jenny Treibel“ by Theodor Fontane, the most prominent author of literary realism in germany. The exhaustive and detailed analysis oft he texts is based on general informations about the historical and political context oft he period and the main questions in the field of literature and estetics.
Al texts analysed during the course will be available on the internet platform LEA oft he university. An introduction into the period and ist main problems offers „Storia della letteratura tedesca“, ed. by M. Dallapiazza and U. Kindl. Roma-Bari (Laterya). Vol. 2: U. Kindl, Dal Settecento alla prima guerra mondiale, p. 225-332.
During the lessons the professor gives a general introduction into the period and the main literary questions of the century. These informations will be explaind in more exhaustive way during the study of the singular works. All texts will be presented during the course in original language through the internet platform LEA oft he university.
Assessment methods and criteria
The verification of the knowledge and abilities acquired during the course takes place during the oral exam. In this occasion the student will prove to know the texts, the authors, the contexts and the literary and estetic questions oft he period. In specifi way will be valued the capacity oft he student to apply his knowledge acquired during the cours in the interpretation oft he text, showing tob e able to exceed a merely abstract level of knowledge.