GERMAN LITERATURE III
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of the course is to introduce to the main authors and movements of the German literature of the first part of the 20th century, contextualizing them in the complex cultural and political history.
The course allows the students:
- to come into contact with the principal authors, and current works of literature in the German language in the first Romanticism and in the second part of the 20th century, considering historical context, politics, aesthetics.
- to become familiar with the literary text in the original German version, appreciating the specific linguistic and structural complexity.
- to expand their knowledge on the subjects and texts dealt through the use of stand-alone bibliography.
- to Identify the salient features of the language of literature, putting them into the curriculum of their studies in order to capture the diversity and complexity of the concept of 'German language'.
The student must have passed the exams of German Literature I and II.
Course contents summary
The course centres on two movements of German literature, the Frühromantik and the second part of 20th century.
Monika Schmitz-Emans, Einführung in die Literatur der Romantik, WBG, Darmstadt 2007.
Wolfgang Beutin u.a., Deutsche Literaturgeschichte. Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart, Metzler, Stuttgart 2008
The course will consist of lectures during which the works, in part provided by the teacher, will be introduced and analyzed. At the meantime the student learns how to deepen and extend in autonomy the content of the topics covered in class.
Assessment methods and criteria
The knowledge gained during the course will be assessed through an oral exam in German, which will ensure the following skills:
- knowledge of the movements, authors and works discussed in class and graded in their historical and cultural context;
- The processing capability of the course content, aimed at the formulation of judgments that also means the retrieval of information that expand the content itself;
- The ability to apply these skills to the analysis of literary texts, their contextualization in the historical and cultural origin and related issues;
- The oral proficiency in the German language corresponding to level C1 of the Common European Framework.
In the oral test will be adopted the following evaluation criteria:
- Evaluation insufficient, less than 18/30: lack of knowledge about basic content of the course, inability to articulate a proper German expression, to make independent judgments on issues and to recognize the specificity of literary texts, failure to reach the C1 level of the Common European Framework in oral proficiency in German.
- Sufficient assessment, from 18 to 23/30: demonstrated knowledge of the core content of the course, treating it in a proper German expression, ability to make independent judgments on the issues discussed recognizing the specificity of the literary text and to retrieve information that expand such content, reached level C1 of the Common European Framework in oral proficiency in German;
- good asessement, 24 to 27/30: fulfillment of the requirements listed above at a discrete level or good;
- High evaluation, between 28 and 30/30 with honors: fulfillment of the requirements listed above to an optimum level or excellent.