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GERMAN LITERATURE II
LETTERATURA TEDESCA II

A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Andrea Benedetti Monday, Tuesday and Thursday by prior appointment, or see the web site of “Scuola di Lingue”.
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language German
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. 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)
Curriculum: LINGUISTICO CULTURALE OCCIDENTALE
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Learning Objectives

The analysis of some selected works (Prose) of Wolfgang Hildesheimer and Charles Lewinsky aims at emphasizing the mutual dynamic between “identity” and “memory” which underpins the German literature from the 1930s to the present. This end will be pursued by referring to the intermedial reworking of the themes of Shoah and Schuldfrage seen as a constant problematization of the relationship between “victims” and “perpetrators” in German history, i. e. from National Socialism up to the present days.

Program

Within the temporal framework concerning German literature from the 1930s to the present, the course will analyze the writings of two German native-speaking authors, i.e. Wolfgang Hildesheimer (a German author of Jewish origin) and Charles Lewinsky (a Swiss author coming from Zurich), considering their works as a model example of the correlation between Shoah and Schuldfrage.

The critical investigation on their prose work will be carried out alongside with specific references to some essays and autobiographical texts written by Hugo von Hoffmannstahl, Hannah Arendt, Elias Canetti and Ernst von Salomon.

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

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

The course comprises classroom lessons as well as seminars.

Course books

Primary Literature: 

Wolfgang Hildesheimer: Tynset: Prosa Monologica. Traduzione e postfazione di Italo Alighiero Chiusano; prefazione di Gabriella Rovagnati; presentazione di Francesco Ghilotti, Tirano (Sondrio), Edizioni del Mosaico, 2016.

Charles Lewinsky: Un regalo del Führer, trad.it. di Valentina Tortelli, Einaudi, Torino, 2014. (Selected passages), i.e.: pp. 3-6, pp. 16-18, pp. 20-22, pp. 46-48, pp. 356-374 (The equivalent selection of passages related to the original German version of the text will be made available on the Platform “Blended Learning Uniurb”, i. e. Charles Lewinsky: Gerron, DTV, München, 2013, pp. 7-11, pp. 21-23, pp. 26-28, pp. 54-56, pp. 391-410).

To ensure a better exam preparation, attending and non-attending students are kindly invited to watch the following short film, Theresienstadt. Ein Dokumentarfilm aus dem jüdischen Siedlungsgebiet (Terezín. Un documentario sulla risistemazione degli ebrei [1944-1945]), upon which Charles Lewinsky’s Novel is based. The film is freely accesible on-line at the following URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rkjyw4003Q

Secondary Literature: 

Raul Calzoni: La letteratura tedesca contemporanea. L’età della divisione e della riunificazione, Carocci, Roma, 20181, pp. 21-43; pp. 136-142 (Elias Canetti); pp. 184-186 (Edgar Reitz); pp. 220-243.

Some selected texts (essays and autobiographical writings) written by Hugo von Hoffmannstahl, Hannah Arendt, Elias Canetti and Ernst von Salomon will be made available on the Platform “Blended Learning Uniurb”; they will be identified as “esercitazioni in classe” (“classroom exercises”).

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