GERMAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE II

GERMAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE II

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Code
61289
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
9 credits during the 2nd year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA

9 credits during the 2nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

9 credits during the 1st year of 9918 MODERN LITERATURES AND PERFORMING ART (LM-14) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-LIN/13
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Modern languages and cultures)
semester
Annual
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Course title:  ‘Literature Goes to War’

This annual course provides 9 credits and consists of 54 hours of lessons (36 hours in the first semester and 18 in the second semester).

The course will be held in Italian.

The first 18 hours of the course (first semester) will be dedicated to a survey of literature from the 18th century to the present day (taught by Serena Spazzarini)*

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course aims to study literary texts of the German-speaking region, in their inherent aesthetic character and as a privileged pathway to understanding German culture.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, the student shall:

  • Know in depth the specific manifestations of Austrian and German War Propaganda during the first world war
  • Be acquainted with basic critical tools
  • Acquire an adequate sector-specific vocabulary of the intercultural communication
  • Be familiar with the literary genres involved in War Propaganda
  • Through all of the above, perform a competent critical review of a piece of war literature in relation to its historical-cultural and rhetorical-expressive specificities     

PREREQUISITES

Students are not required to have any specific prerequisite.

It goes without saying that good linguistic competence in spoken and written Italian, skills in expression, and the background required for understanding the Europen historical context (acquired through proper secondary school learning), are taken for granted.

Teaching methods

Traditional lesson with the professor teaching the whole class in the classroom.

Teaching will be in Italian.

 

During the lessons, constant feedback with the students is expected through verbal questions. The degree of maturity of the answers, their relevance and the use of adequate sector-specific terms will be considered for the outcome of the final test.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course entitled ‘Literature Goes to War’ will focus on the shaping of the image of the enemy that took place in the Austro-German and German region during World War I.

The forms and themes of war propaganda, considered as cultural heritage and as a dynamic field of interactions, will be explored through the voices of the period's most representative authors.

 

The course will be structured as follows:

  1. Ideology
  2. The Austrian world and the German world
  3. The enemy for the German region: Italy and France
  4. Creation of a group identity
  5. An example of propaganda: Austria's declaration of war against Italy
  6. The fronts of writing and art
  7. KPQ: a hotbed of persuasion
  8. Rainer Maria Rilke
  9. Egon Friedell
  10.  Hugo von Hofmannsthal
  11.  Robert Musil
  12. War songs

* Lessons taught by Serena Spazzarini.

Authors studied: Goethe – Heine – Fontane – Brecht – T. Mann – Kafka – Ch. Wolf

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

REFERENCES

  • Alberto Destro, I Paesi di lingua tedesca, Il Mulino, 2004
  • Robert Musil, L’ultimo giornale dell’Imperatore (a cura di M. Libardi e F. Orlandi), Reverdito, Trento, 2019

 

It will be the professor’s responsibility to provide the students, in each instance, with photocopies related to the documents studied during lessons and to prepare lecture notes at the end of the course.

 

A copy of the lecture notes will be filed at the Department Library.

 

 

NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS:

Non-attending students shall present the programme specified above, with the above cited critical literature and with the addition of the following textbook:

- Franz Blei, Bestiario letterario (a cura di L. Rega), Diabasis, Parma, 2019

 

Non-attending students are in any case kindly requested to contact the professor.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: See personal page (In: www.lingue.unige.it)

Ricevimento: See personal page (In: www.lingue.unige.it)

Exam Board

NICOLETTA DACREMA (President)

SERENA SPAZZARINI

MICHAELA BÜRGER-KOFTIS

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Traditional lesson with the professor teaching the whole class in the classroom.

Teaching will be in Italian.

 

During the lessons, constant feedback with the students is expected through verbal questions. The degree of maturity of the answers, their relevance and the use of adequate sector-specific terms will be considered for the outcome of the final test.

LESSONS START

October 1, 2019

First Semester:    Tuesday 16.00-17.00

                              Friday 12.00-14.00

 

Second Semester:  Friday  12.00-14.00

EXAMS

Exam description

Written test.

Assessment methods

Learning assessment includes a written test.

Knowledge related to the course will be assessed via:

  1. Yes-and-no questions, for which the student shall demonstrate knowledge of the main cultural foundations (literary, historical, geographical, political) related to the German world.

Reference textbook: Alberto Destro, I Paesi di lingua tedesca, Il Mulino, 2004 (Manual)

 

Constant updating on the part of the student on current German political topics (by reading newspapers, listening to TV and radio newscasts) is ‘welcome’.

 

2) Open-ended questions in which the student shall demonstrate knowledge of concepts related to the topic of the course.

The skills achieved by the student shall be evaluated through targeted exercises, in which the student shall demonstrate the ability to apply the tools provided during the lessons.

Textbooks in references + lecture notes

3) Open-ended questions about the themes dealt in classroom by Serena Spazzarini

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
02/09/2020 12:00 GENOVA Orale
17/09/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Criteria for assigning the final mark:

. skill in debate and summarisation.

. syntactically correct writing and use of the specific terminology of war literature


. capability to organise written text with clarity of thought