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DEUTSCHE LITERATUR LM II

Attività formativa integrata
Codice dell'attività formativa: 
57218-ENG

Scheda dell'insegnamento

Per studenti immatricolati al 1° anno a.a.: 
2020/2021
Insegnamento (nome in italiano): 
DEUTSCHE LITERATUR LM II
Insegnamento (nome in inglese): 
DEUTSCHE LITERATUR LM II
Tipo di insegnamento: 
Obbligatoria
Anno di corso: 
2
Anno accademico di offerta: 
2021/2022
Crediti: 
10

Altre informazioni sull'insegnamento

Modalità di erogazione: 
Didattica Convenzionale
Ciclo: 
Primo Semestre
Obbligo di frequenza: 
No
Ore di attività frontale: 
60
Prerequisites

For students attending a 10 CFU course, having attended module A of the course; there are no prerequisites for students wishing to attend only module B for 5 CFU.

Educational goals

MODULE A:
The course opens with an overview of the most important cultural and literary perspectives of post-World War II Austria, extending to the early 1980s. With the help of a reference text, the work of Klaus Zeyringer and Hellmut Gollner. Eine Literaturgeschichte: Österreich seit 1650, the main thematic blocks deal with those concerning the "reconstruction from the rubble" and the "second Republic", the relationship between Vienna and the Austrian province, literary experiments. An important first step is made by examining the poetic objectives of the "Gruppe '47", to which authors such as Heinrich Böll, Günter Grass, Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann and Ilse Aichinger and many others have joined. We then go on to define the characteristics of the "Anti-Heimat-Roman" and the "New subjectivity", defining the relationship with nature and with society outlined by the non-conformist Austrian literature, up to the provocative attitudes of Thomas Bernhard and Peter Handke .
MODULE B of the course:
The students who attended the previous module, preparatory to the present, have acquired the critical-theoretical tools necessary to frame the novel that is analyzed in this module as the main text. The objective of this module is to learn to critically master the reading and interpretation of Ilse Aichinger's novel, Die größere Hoffnung (1948), grasping its stylistic, metaphorical and symbolic peculiarities and being able to explain how it develops in the novel. the relationship between the narrator's point of view, the historical scenario and the theme of "hope".

Course content

MODULE A:
The course opens with an overview of the most important cultural and literary perspectives of post-World War II Austria, extending to the early 1980s. With the help of a reference text, the work of Klaus Zeyringer and Hellmut Gollner. Eine Literaturgeschichte: Österreich seit 1650, the main thematic blocks deal with those concerning the "reconstruction from the rubble" and the "second Republic", the relationship between Vienna and the Austrian province and literary experiments. An important first step is made by examining the poetic objectives of the "Gruppe '47", to which authors such as Heinrich Böll, Günter Grass, Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann and Ilse Aichinger and many others have joined. We then go on to define the characteristics of the "Anti-Heimat-Roman" and the "New subjectivity", defining the relationship with nature and with society outlined by the non-conformist Austrian literature, up to the provocative attitudes of Thomas Bernhard and Peter Handke .
MODULE B:
This didactic module aims to explain how the first literary phase following the end of the Second World War was characterized by a great human and cultural bewilderment, the result of the trauma which, in this case, especially concerns the relationship of Jews with the Shoah. This phase can be considered as that of the "epiphany of the modern word" in which the "fragmented" existence of the survivor is expressed with a pain wrapped in allusions and metaphors or tries to represent itself in allegorical form. Therefore, during the course - on the centenary of the birth of the writer Ilse Aichinger (1921-2016) - the great constellation of existential themes concerning her novel, written close to 1945, Die größere Hoffnung (1948), are created connections with his other writings and the peculiarity of his poetics is considered more closely, consisting mainly of aphorisms, stories and reflections on the word. of the Second World War was characterized by a great human and cultural bewilderment, the result of the trauma which, in this case, especially concerns the relationship of Jews with the Shoah. This phase can be considered as that of the "epiphany of the modern word" in which the "fragmented" existence of the survivor is expressed with a pain wrapped in allusions and metaphors or seeks the allegorical dimension of representation. Therefore, during the course - on the centenary of the birth of the writer Ilse Aichinger (1921-2016) - the great constellation of existential themes concerning her only novel, written close to 1945, Die größere Hoffnung (1948), is investigated. they create links with his other writings and the peculiarity of his poetics is considered more closely, consisting mainly of aphorisms, stories and reflections on the word.

Teaching methods

The teaching takes place in German, through lectures but also in a seminar dimension, involving the students in reflecting on the topics covered and in the translation in the classroom of some selected passages of the texts in the program.
NB: If the teaching is given in mixed or remote mode, changes may be made to what is stated in the syllabus to make the course and exams usable also in these ways.

Assessment and Evaluation

The exam will be taken by the students orally. There are three questions in German concerning:
1) the framing of the most important cultural perspectives of the literary panorama of Austria in the second post-war period;
2) the critical framework of the historical-cultural role of the writers presented in the course;
3) the analysis of the main concepts examined in the course.
To obtain a positive judgment, students must be able to functionally frame the critical material presented and must know the salient aspects of the bibliographic material. To obtain a good judgment, students must demonstrate that they have a thorough knowledge of the texts analyzed during the course, commenting on them from a historical-critical point of view and correlating them to the bibliographic material. To obtain an excellent judgment, students must demonstrate that they have a homogeneous vision of the topics discussed, that they have an in-depth mastery of bibliographic material, that they know how to link the topics together and that they have excellent expressive control.

Further information

Erasmus and Double Degree students coming from abroad are kindly requested to contact the professor at the beginning of the course to discuss how to prepare for the exam. Students who have not followed the lessons related to the module can obtain support materials to integrate the course, after direct contact with the professor via mail.
FOR THE FINAL EXAM: Students are required to present themselves for the final exam with the texts and materials required by the program.