31046 - German Literature 1

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

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the students should know the literature of Enlightenment. Morevoer, they should be able to understand and contextualize a text in German language.

Course contents

Cultural Heritage and the literature of the Enlightenment and its literary forms and expressions: novel, epistolary novel, theatre, newspapers, journals, exchanges of letters.


The course has a tutor funded by the project "Die Zukunft des kulturellen Erbes im modernen Europa" (https://site.unibo.it/fucuhe/it)


In Italian:

Anton Reininger, Storia della letteratura tedesca fra l'Illuminismo e il Postmoderno 1700-2000, Rosenberg & Sellier, Torino, 2005, p. 21-108 (chap. Illuminismo, Empfindsamkeit, Sturm und Drang) or Chiara M. Buglioni, Marco Castellari, Alessandra Goggio, Moira Paleari, Letteratura tedesca. Epoche, generi, intersezioni. Dal Medioevo al primo Novecento (vol. 1), Le Monnier Università, Firenze, 2019, pp. 65-164.

M. Cometa (ed.), L'età classico-romantica. La cultura letteraria in Germania fra Settecento e Ottocento, Bari, Laterza, 2009, chap. 1 and chap. 2.

Or in German:

Wolfgang Beutin [et al.], Deutsche Literaturgeschichte : von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. verbesserte und erweiterte Auflage, Stuttgart, Weimar, J. B. Metzler, 2001 (only the chapter on the 18th century)


Lessing, Briefe, die neueste Literatur betreffend: 17. Literaturbrief (the 17th letter will be given by the lecturer);

Lessing, Nathan il saggio, transl. by A. Casalegno, Garzanti, 1992;

Goethe, I dolori del giovane Werther, Oscar Mondadori, 2002;


a selection of tests will be given by the lecturer during the course.

ATTENTION: The teacher will make available a handout for the EXCLUSIVE USE of the students of the course because it is unpublished material and will be published.


Students from Lettere who have to collect 6 CFU don't have to study these works: 


the part of the reader about "Sturm und Drang".



Teaching methods


Assessment methods

An oral exam of three questions.

One question is on Lessing.

Teaching tools

The projector will be used.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Chiara Conterno