The course aims to contextualize the German literature in different periods.
The course aims to:
- consider authors, currents and works in their historical, political, and aesthetic position.
- familiarize with literary texts, appreciating linguistic specificity and structural complexity.
- extend the knowledge of the covered topics by the autonomous use of scientific bibliography.
- identify the salient features of literary texts in order to realise the variety of the concept of "German language".
Course contents summary
The course will concern some significant literary works that from the last 19th to the present day choose settings and themes relating to Berlin.
A. Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz. Die Geschichte vom Franz Biberkopf, Fischer, Berlin 1929 (various editions).
Chr. Wolf, Der geteilte Himmel, Erzählung, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle 1963 (various editions).
Thomas Brussig, Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee, Volk und Welt, Berlin 1999.
Sven Regener, Herr Lehmann. Roman, Eichborn, Frankfurt a.M. 2001.
Lectures will be based on texts provided by the lecturer. A plan to an autonomous closer examination of contents will be explained.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination in German with following skills assessment:
- knowledge of movements, authors and works dealt with in regard to their historical and cultural context;
- the ability to process the contents of the course, aiming the formulation of autonomous judgments that should increase the obtained information;
- ability to apply these skills to the analysis of literary texts with the contextualization in their original dimension;
- competence in German language corresponding to level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.