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2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
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LMD022 (AF:355877 AR:186742)
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Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
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1st Semester
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The course is adressed to the students of the first term, 1st year of the MA LLEAP. It's one of the core educational activities and provides advanced knowledge of modern German literature (in German) and culture and suitable critical tools for reading and interpreting literary texts.
1) A deep knowledge of German prose from Goethe to late Realism and the young Thomas Mann in the cultural context of each period and considering some recurrent textual features. 2) The ability to focus on the complexity of literary texts of the 18th century and of the transformation of literary communication through semiological analysis until the beginning of the 20th century; 3) the ability to analyse and recognize textual structural features in the contest of a philological approach; 4) the ability of expressing competent hermeneutic proposals and to report on them during the classes.
As for the rules of the Course of Studies LLEAP (BA in German, with at least 18 credits in German literature, 24 credits in German language).
In the long nineteenth century, the German novel - from Goethe, to Theodor Fontane to the young Thomas Mann - opens up to a narrative space in which the project of growth and definition of subjectivity is negotiated within family and social pressures that gradually become increasingly binding. The tension towards happiness, conceived as the right and destination of man by the Enlightenment, and still central to the romantic representation of life, manifests itself starting from the late Goethe as an increasingly problematic aspiration. Starting from the idea of ​​the so-called "Bildungsroman", and from its fundamental faith in the productivity of the encounter between the self and the world, we will focus on narrative models that deviate from it, and we will look at different declinations of the nineteenth-century imaginary from the so-called Goethe age to the late Realism, right up to the threshold of the modern novel. In all this, a central role will have Friedrich Nietzsche as a critic of nineteenth-century Germany.


Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Die Wahlverwandtschaften (Reclam Ausgabe)
Theodor Fontane, Effi Briest (Reclam Ausgabe)
Wilhelm Raabe, Die Akten des Vogelsangs (Reclam Ausgabe).
Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks. Verfall einer Familie (Fischer Ausgabe).
Friedrich W. Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe in 15 Bänden, hg. von Giorgio Colli und Mazzino Montinari (una scelta di testi tra cui: Über Wahrheit und Lüge im außermoralischen Sinne; Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen).

Jürgen Jacobs, Martin Krause: Der deutsche Bildungsroman: Gattungsgeschichte vom 18. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert, Beck, Muenchen 1989.
Stefania Sbarra: "Il confine, il confine. Dov'é?" Theodor Fontane, Friedrich Nietzsche e il Realismo tedesco, Le Lettere, Firenze 2019.
The oral exam will start with a reading and translation exercise and will cover all issues included in lectures and assigned reading.
Front lectures, seminars and class discussions in German.
Students are required to choose a topic related to the course (after previous consultation with Prof. Sbarra in her office hours) and discuss it in an oral presentation.


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

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Last update of the programme: 21/03/2021