Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT0012 (AF:310514 AR:168559)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Class 2
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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It is a basic and core educational activity of the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Languages, Civilisation and the Science of Language. It is adressed to students attending the first year of all BA-curricula and introduces to the acquisition of specific knowledge of German culture and language, focusing on contemporary literature.
1) A solid knowledge of some major German narratives written from the Sixties onwards; 2) The ability to understand the specific historical and cultural context in which such narratives are embedded in Austria, the GDR and the FRG; 3) Familiarity with the critical tools needed for the thematic and the stylistic analysis of a text; 4) The ability to develope learning skills useful for further study in the field of German narrative of the second half of the 20th century 5) The ability to read and translate a short narrative in German.
None. Nevertheless it's useful to have a German language knowledge at least at B1 level. The student will not be required to show any certification or pass any entry test.
The course investigates the central role conferred to literature in German public discussion on main contemporary issues since the 60ies. So it will focus on how some major writers faced in their narratives the experience of their figures in 20th century German history after World War Second up to contemporary migration discourses.

Heinrich Böll, L’onore perduto di Katharina Blum, Einaudi.
Jenny Erpenbeck, Voci del verbo andare, Sellerio 2016.
Günter Grass, Il passo del gambero, Einaudi;
Günter Grass, Sbucciando la cipolla, Einaudi.
Christa Wolf, Il cielo diviso, edizioni e/o.
Thomas Bernhard, La cantina. Una via di scampo, Adelphi.

A 60 pages long reader in German Language.

Gustavo Corni, Storia della Germania. Da Bismarck a Merkel, Il Saggiatore 2017.
Wolfgang Benz, L'Olocausto, Bollati Boringhieri , 1998.
Simone Costagli, Alessandro Fambrini, Matteo Galli, Stefania Sbarra, Guida alla letteratura tedesca. Percorsi e protagonisti 1945-2017, Odoya 2017.


- Zanichelli. Il Nuovo dizionario di Tedesco. Dizionario Tedesco-Italiano / Italienisch-Deutsch. A cura di Luisa Giacoma e Susanne Kolb. Terza edizione, Bologna 2014.
- DUDEN. Deutsches Universalwörterbuch A-Z. Herausgegeben vom wissenschaftlichen Rat der Dudenredaktion. 7., überarbeitete und erweiterte Ausgabe, Verlag Bibliographisches Institut, 2011;
- DUDEN. Die deutsche Rechtschreibung. Das umfassende Standardwerk auf der Grundlage der aktuellen amtlichen Regeln. Herausgegeben vom wissenschaftlichen Rat der Dudenredaktion, Verlag Bibliographisches Institut, 2014.
During the oral exam students will be asked to: 1. answer a few questions on the narratives dealt with during the course; 2. contextualize the topics of the course according to the history and culture of the GDR, the FGR and Austria; 3)show they can use the tools of literary analysis and critique dealt with during the classes, in order to articulate indipendent and competent assessment about 20th century German literature ;4) read and translate from German into Italian a passage a German narrative; 5) give a brief report on a topic of the course.
Front lectures, seminars.
Tutorials on the translation of several narratives.
1. The course German Literature 1 is divided into two classes (class 1: Prof. Fossaluzza; ; class 2: prof. Sbarra ). Students can subscribe to one of the two classes by … September under this link: and sending a mail to the lecturers. To subscribe to this class please write a message to:
Please use your institutional address ( and specify in the subject: ISCRIZIONE A LETTERATURA TEDESCA CLASSE 2.
2. Students who cannot attend the lessons are kindly asked to conctact the lecturer.
Erasmus students and other students may take the exam fully in German, on demand. Please apply to the lecturer for details.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 03/09/2019