GERMAN LITERATURE I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course means to offer an introduction to a central theme of German literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. The students are asked to identify the general problems of the Bildungsroman by studying the individual works, verifying the specificity of the phenomenon according to its literary context. The students participate actively in this learning process by preparing brief reports on given arguments to be presented during the course.
Course contents summary
The course addresses one of the most caracteristic phenomenon of German literature in the 18th and 19th centuries, classicism. By studying some of the main theoretical and literary works, the origins and the evolution of the phenomenon will be explored in depth.
The lessons and the final exam will be in German.
Authors dealt with: J. J. Winckelmann, J. G. Herder, J. H. Voß, J. W. Goethe, F. Schiller
Works studied in Depth:
Johann Heinrich Voß: Luise
Johann Wolfgang Goethe: Der Wanderer; Italienische Reise (extracts); Iphigenie auf Tauris; Römische Elegien and Venezianische Epigramme (extracts); Hermann und Dorothea;
Friedrich Schiller: Über naive und sentimentalische Dichtung (extracts)
Ladislao Mittner, Storia della letteratura tedesca. Dal pietismo al romanticismo. Paragrafi 227, 238-43, 251-53, 283.
Giuliano Baioni, Classicis,mo e rivoluzione. 3° cap.
Sandro Barbaro, Un prometeo tedesco. Osservazioni su 'Hermann und Dorothea'. In: Archivio di Storia della Cultura XXII, 2009, p. 59-75.
Assessment methods and criteria
oral exam in German