GERMAN LITERATURE II
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course offers an introduction to a key period in 19th century German literature, the Realism. Students are asked to identify the general trends of the period by means of a detailed study of individual works, exploring the specific characteristics of the phenomenon according to its literary context. Students will take an active part in this learning process by preparing brief essays on given subjects, to be consigned during the course.
Course contents summary
The course looks at a fundamental theme in 19th century German literature, Realism. By means of some of the most important works in this period, students will study its principal themes, the way in which they developed over the course of time, and the variations added according to the approach of individual authors of literary realism.
The course lessons and the final exam will be in the German language.
Gottfried Keller: Die Leute von Seldwyla (by choice)
Wilhelm Raabe: Die Chronik der Sperlingsgasse
Theodor Storm: Der Schimmelreiter
Theodor Fontane: Effie Briest
Hugo Aust: Literatur des Realismus. Stuttgart 2006
Sabina Becker: Bürgerlicher Realismus. Tübingen/Basel 2003
Ladislao Mittner: Storia della letteratura tedesca. Dal realismo alla sperimentazione, §§ 121, 145-69, 223-233