28609 - German Literature I (First Language) L

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student is familiar with the basic notions of German Literature and is able to identify them in specific literary texts. This enables him/her to deepen his/her knowledge and to develop new methodologies related to the interpretation of literary texts.

Course contents

The Short Story in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Forms and Functions

This course will be a wide-ranging introduction to the short story tradition in Germany. It traces the genre from the end of World War II to nowadays. The major writers in the genre are covered in depth with a general view of their work and detailed discussion of a number of examples of individual stories. Course will offer a comprehensive and accessible guide to this rich literary tradition. It will be invaluable to students and readers looking for critical approaches to the short story and wishing to deepen their understanding of how authors have approached and developed this fascinating and challenging genre. Further reading suggestions are included to explore the subject in more depth.


Texts of the subsequent writers will be read and interpreted: Wolfgang Borchert, Elisabeth Langgässer; Heinrich Böll, Hermann Kasack, Siegfried Lenz, Kurt Marti, Marie Luise Kaschnitz, Ilse Aichinger, Thomas Mann, Peter Bichsel, Thomas Bernhard, Jakob Arjouni, Bernhard Schlink.


Barner Wilfried (Hg.) (2006): Geschichte der deutschen Literatur von 1945 bis zur Gegenwart. München.

Durzak, Manfred (2002): Die deutsche Kurzgeschichte der Gegenwart. Autorenporträts, Werkstattgespräche, Interpretationen. Würzburg.

Marx, Leonie (2005): Die deutsche Kurzgeschichte. Stuttgart/Weimar

Teaching methods

At the beginning lessons will be teacher-centered and entail lecture sessions and one-way presentations. In a second moment participating students give talks about topics suggested by the teacher or about relevant topics chosen by the students themselves according to their special interest.

Maximum participation of students is stimulated by invitations to debate and opportunities for discussion.

70% of class attendance is required

As concerns the teaching methods of this course unit, all students must attend the online Modules 1, 2 on Health and Safety [https://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/health-and-assistance/health-and-safety/online-course-on-health-and-safety-in-study-and-internship-areas].

Assessment methods

The evaluation purpose is to assess the acquisition of the knowledge and skills described above by the student. An oral exam will evaluate the summarizing ability, and the acquisition of the contents of the readings and themes treated during the course.

Teaching tools

In lessons are used not only several types of texts (press releases, newspaper articles, essays) collected and prepared by the teacher but will also be supported by the use of new media technologies (for example audio and/or video podcasts) and powerpoint presentations. All didactic material used during the lessons will be uploaded and made available online on the IOL-platform as pdf- or Mp3-files.

Office hours

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Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.