13298 - 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 student will have acquired in-depth knowledge about modern German literature, with special attention to the relationship between literary texts and historical, artistic and linguistic context. The student will have a sound knowledge of the individual authors and works, and will be able to evaluate the literary quality of the works that have been studied, analyzing the texts according to specific critical methodologies.

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;

 G.C. Lichtenberg, Sulla fisiognomica edited by G. Cantarutti, La scuola di Pitagora editrice, 2017;

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



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

G.C. Lichtenberg, Sulla fisiognomica a cura di G. Cantarutti, La scuola di Pitagora editrice, 2017.

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