L-LIN/13 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

The students will acquire some knowledge about the literary history of the German-speaking lands between the 19th and the the beginning of 20th century. They will start to develop a critical reading approach to the literary texts in order to better understand them and place them in the right historical-cultural frame. Moreover they will understand how to recognize and analyse literary themes and motifs of the main literary movements of the period.

Course Structure

Lectures and seminar work by students

Detailed Course Content

The course will provide an overview of the main themes and motifs of the German and Austrian culture of the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century. Particular attention will be paid to the analytic study of some of the most important works of the period and to their cultural contextualization.

Textbook Information

A- Choose one of the following books:

B- Choose one of the following books:


C- Choose one of the following books:


D- Read the following books (at least two in German):

A CHOICE OF POEMS IN GERMAN (on the platform Studium)


N.B. The texts in Italian translation are to be used only by the following: 1. students enrolled in the LCEEO degree course who did not choose German as a foreign language;

2. students enrolled in non-linguistic courses whose knowledge of German is level B1, or a lower level, in the Common European Reference Framework for Languages.


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

Open in PDF format Versione in italiano