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The literature of South Tyrol
La letteratura del Sudtirolo

A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Luca Renzi
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
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Learning Objectives

From the Treaty of St. Germain of 1919, to the De Gasperi-Gruber agreement of 1946 to the South Tyrol package of the years 1962-69 it has been an evolution of the conditions of this small alpine geographic reality and of its community. In addition to historical and political aspects, it has also given rise to an autonomous literature with respect to the Austrian and Italian one. This 'great unknown' among all the Italian regions and provinces, which will now make 100 years of belonging to Italy, has created an international debate both after the two wars and in the years of the Republic and today in the new European context. Less well-known are the literary implications of it.


The course will analyze and comment the two works in prose L'italiana of Joseph Zoderer and Stillbach o della nostalgia by Sabine Gruber. Both novels have as the "hidden" thread the combination of South Tyrolean culture with the Italian element and they describe, through a story, or more personal stories, at the same time the most important historical events of the last half-century in South Tyrol, on a sentimental and emotional way and through the description of individual destinies, intertwining them in part with those of Italian history, of war and post-war period.

In an integrative course, whose content is an integral part of the Literature program (it will be loaded on Moodle), an historical overview will be given of the Austrian-Tyrolean literary tradition and its particularity within Austria.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Understanding and critical skills to analyze aspects, historical and cultural events, placing them within a cultural overview of the historical development and their sociological and social repercussions.

- Skills of applying knowledge and understanding: the student will have the cultural and literary skills to the description and analysis of German culture.

- Making judgments: the student will have, through a broad spectrum of readings and references, critical skills that enable him to analyze and evaluate texts and cultural topics and matter autonomous opinions on socio-cultural issues concerning various historical periods.

- Communication skills: ability to come to understand and communicate and convey reality and different ages and use a specific language.

- The acquisition capacity of methodological tools and bibliographical and critical skills to further develop their area of knowledge for the next levels of studies.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The teaching material and specific communications from the lecturer can be found, together with other supporting activities, inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons and seminars


Attendance of at least two-thirds of the lessons

Course books

Sabine Gruber, Stillbach o della nostalgia, Venezia, Marsilio, 2014

J. Zoderer, L'italiana. Milano, Mondadori, 1985 (ed. fuori commercio, caricata su Moodle)

Or, in place of one of the above texts, for students of German literature, the following materials for seminar exercises (the excerpts will be uploaded on Moodle):

A. Kubin

German Version:

Kubin, Alfred: Die andere Seite. Ein phantastischer Roman, Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 2017 [1909], pp. 49-54; pp. 126-127; pp. 133-136; pp. 248-249

Italian Version:

Kubin, Alfred: L’altra parte. Un romanzo fantastico, transl. by Lia Secci, Adelphi, Milano, 1987, pp. 51-58; pp. 146-147; pp. 155-157; pp. 293-297

J. Roth

German Version:

Roth, Joseph: “Radetzkymarsch”, in Id.: Romane und Erzählungen: 1930-1936, Band 5, hrsg. von Fritz Hackert, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Köln, 1990 (1932), pp. 147-149; pp. 289-290; pp. 342-344; pp. 444-446

Italian Version:

Roth, Joseph: La marcia di Radetzky, transl. by Laura Terreni e Luciano Foà, Adelphi, Milano, 1989, pp. 23-26; pp. 207-209; pp. 276-279; pp. 409-411

Or, in substituion of one of the above mentioned, for the students of German Culture:

S. Vassalli, Il confine. I cento anni del Sudtirolo in Italia. Milano, Rizzoli 2015


Oral examination. Attending students may use a term paper, to be carried out in groups, according to the criteria described by the teacher, which will integrate the final grade. Non-attending students are required to follow the syllabus as provided by the handbook.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


There are no requirements, unless the observance of the program handbook

Course books

Same as attending students


Oral examination.


Part of the course materials will be in German. The students can request to sit the final exam in German with an alternative bibliography.

Teil der Kursmaterialien wird auf Deutsch sein. Die StudentInnen können auf Nachfrage die Prüfung in deutscher Sprache mit einer Alternativbibliografie halten.

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