“Concepts of Europe in 20th Century and Contemporary German- Language Literature”
The course discusses the concepts of Europe presented and elaborated by authors of twentieth-century and contemporary German-language literature, starting from the figure of the humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam as the embodiment of European values in the portrait of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. With the German writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger the problematic configurations of Europe will be analyzed in surveys from seven countries (with an epilogue) to arrive at the deconstruction of the myth of Europe by the German-Japanese writer Yoko Tawada and to Ilma Rakusa’s story of a childhood and youth between Eastern and Western Europe, from the immediate post-war period to the end of the Soviet empire.
The analysis of the texts will also address the poetics of the individual authors and linguistic and cultural issues
The course aims to provide students with advanced cultural and literary knowledge about the conceptualization of Europe in authors of 20th century and contemporary German literature.
The student learns relevant theoretical and aesthetic issues and also deepens his or her interpretative skills by confronting himself or herself with the reading and analysis of German literary texts.
The course aims at the following learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding skills
Students will acquire useful knowledge to analyze complicated texts both from a formal and from an ideological-thematic point of view with an appropriate
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
Students will acquire text analysis tools to apply the knowledge
acquired in different cultural and literary contexts in an autonomous and competent way.
Autonomy of judgment
Students will be able to
to integrate knowledge and to make independent judgements by deepening
critical-interpretative skills and will participate in the group work stimulated by seminar activities.
Students will acquire the ability to argue with appropriate critical terminology. The development of communication skills will also be stimulated by discussions in the classroom, participation in seminar activities and group, to communicate and present the results of their studies also with IT tools.
Students will acquire critical awareness of the general processes of communication and literary production, as well as of the methodological tools useful for professional updating and autonomous learning
Europa, in Treccani History Dictionary (online text)
Stefan Zweig, Erasmo da Rotterdam, Bompiani 2002 (or antother edition)
Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Ah Europa! Garzanti 1989
Yoko Tawada, Non si può dirlo a nessuno, ma l'Europa non esiste, in “Limes. Rivista italiana di geopolitica”, 5/10/2011
Ilma Rakusa, Il mare che bagna i pensieri, Marsilio 2011
The test is aimed at verifying the knowledge of the historical and cultural context of the different texts and the main topics of the works. In particular, the questions aim to verify the ability to understand the texts, the peculiarities of the literary genres, the main topics. The students will have to prove that they have acquired theoretical knowledge and specific methodologies to address a critical interpretation of literary texts.
The questions also aim to verify: the level of knowledge acquired; the ability to argue critically and in an autonomous and original way.
Type: Oral test
Timing: at the end of the course.
Duration: the test will last 15/20 minutes.
Examination Vote: The final evaluation is expressed in thirtieths eventually enhanced with cum laude.
Concepts of Europe (1 CFU)
The humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam in the portrait of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. Surveys from seven countries in the report by the German writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger (3CFU)
The deconstruction of the myth of Europa by the German-Japanese writer Yoko Tawada and
Ilma Rakusa between Eastern and Western Europe (2 CFU)