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Professor
VALENTINA SERRA (Tit.)
Period
Second Semester 
Teaching style
Convenzionale 
Lingua Insegnamento
ITALIANO 



Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[32/19]  LANGUAGES AND CULTURES FOR LINGUISTIC MEDIATION [19/00 - Ord. 2011]  PERCORSO COMUNE 12 60

Objectives

The student will acquire a knowledge of the main authors and the main literary movements related to the German language area as well as some of the most significant works about travel literature, exoticism and colonialism.
The student will acquire good critical skills that will enable him/her to orientate him/herself autonomously in the historical, cultural and literary context of the German-speaking countries, from the Nineteenth (Module A, 30 h) to the Twentieth century (Module B, 30 h). The student will also be able to carry out independent analysis and investigation of German literary texts, to connect them to their historical and cultural contexts and to identify themes and motifs typical of each literary age.
The student will be able to use autonomously critical texts and to evaluate their use in the analysis of a literary work.
The student will also be able to communicate his/her analysis through a short paper and / or a class presentation.
A basic knowledge of German literature will finally allow the student to critically undestand literary and critical texts related to other historical-cultural contexts and literary themes.

Prerequisites

Students should possess:
- a general knowledge of the main historical, social and cultural phenomena that have affected European countries since the Nineteenth century;
- the ability to synthesize and discuss the form and the contents of literary and critical texts;
- a basic knowledge of the German language.

Contents

The course is dedicated to: "Travel literature, exoticism and colonialism in German-speaking countries ".

Lectures:
The course will provide an overview of German literature from the Nineteenth (Module A) and the Twentieth centuries (Module B) through the analysis of authors and texts representative of the social, economic, political and cultural reality of the time.
The first part of the course (Module A, 30h) introduces to travel literature, exoticism and colonialism in German-speaking countries. This theme will be analyzed in the light of the major German works that have addressed it, also in relation to the major historical, social and cultural phenomena of the Nineteenth Century.
In the second part of the course (Module B, 30 h) we will analyze works dealing with esotism and colonialism in the Twentieth Century, and that relate it to the social, political and cultural climate of the time.
During the lessons, the texts will be related to their historical, cultural and literary contexts, and will be analyzed through a rhetorical, stylistic, thematic and cultural perspective.

Seminars:
Part of the lectures will be dedicated to the analysis of selected texts addressing the theme of the course. Some passages from a selected corpus of works will be commented also to illustrate the different literary movements examined.

Teaching Methods

The course is taught in Italian. The teaching activities will be distributed between lectures (focusing on literature in German language) and seminars (analysis of a corpus of texts related to the topic of the course). Texts will be discussed through an interdisciplinary perspective. Film adaptations and, in specific cases, language issues offered by original texts and / or Italian translations will also be taken into account.
Students will be also encouraged to write a paper related to the topic of the course and discuss it in class. This work will be evaluated in the final exam. Students will be involved in discussion and dialogue, in order to strengthen their hermeneutical skills. Any proposals for further enquiries or debate are welcomed.

Verification of learning

During the lessons, students' level of learning will be tested at least once with an open response test. Students can also write a paper related to the topic of the course and discuss it in class. This work will be evaluated in the final exam.

In particular, students are required to demonstrate:
- their knowledge of the topic of the course, of the historical and literary contexts of the period covered during the course; this will be evaluated with a score ranging from 1 to 16.
- their ability to provide an accurate analysis of the texts in the syllabus and to relate them to their historical, social and cultural contexts; this will be evaluated with a score ranging from 1 to 10;
- their ability to construct an articulate, interpretive and critical discourse, and to draw comparisons with other literary and / or artistic works and / or other disciplines (they can choose to write a paper that will be presented in class); this will be evaluated with a score ranging from 1 to 4.

The total of the above-mentioned marks will constitute the overall examination mark.

Texts

Module A:
1. Students will be provided with handouts of the collection of texts to be analyzed during the course.
2. Ulrike Kindl, Storia della letteratura tedesca. Dal Settecento alla Prima Guerra Mondiale, Bari, Laterza, 2001, pp. 132-400;
3. Analysis of two texts in German or in Italian translation from the following list or chosen with the teachers guidance:

Novalis, Die Lehrlinge zu Sais (I discepoli di Sais)
Wilhelm Heinse, Ardinghello und die glückseeligen Inseln (Ardinghello e le isole felici)
Adalbert von Chamisso, Reise um die Welt: Das Tagebuch 1815-1818 (Viaggio intorno al mondo: la meravigliosa avventura del brigantino Rurik negli anni 1815-18)
J.F.v. Eichendorff, Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichst (Vita di un perdigiorno)
E.T.A. Hoffmann, Haimatochare
W. Raabe, Stopfkuchen (Lingordo: un racconto di mare e di morte)
Th. Fontane, Effi Briest; Stine; Der Stechlin (Stechlin); Die Poggenpuhls (I Poggenpuhl)
K. May, Am stillen Ozean, Durch die Wüste (Attraverso il deserto)

Module B:
1. Students will be provided with handouts of the collection of texts analyzed on the course
2. Michael Dallapiazza, Claudio Santi (a cura di), Storia della letteratura tedesca. Il Novecento, Bari, Laterza, 2001, pp. 5-286;
3. Analysis of two texts in German or in Italian translation from the following list or chosen with the teachers guidance:

Hans Grimm, Südafrikanische Novellen (Novelle sudafricane); Der Richter in der Karu (Il tribunale nel Karrù)
Uwe Timm, Morenga
Urs Widmer, Im Kongo
Gerhard Seyfried, Herero
Christian Kracht, Imperium

More Information

Non-attending students are asked to contact the teacher to receive more information about the exam. They will be required to provide an in-depth critical analysis of the artists novel through a selection of critical texts provided by the teacher.
The program may be subject to some changes during the lessons.

Questionnaire and social

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