German Literature I
Cod: 51167
Department: DH
Scientific area: Literature
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

In its initial phase this unit offers a panoramic view of the German literary history, enabling the student’s acquisition of generic knowledge (terminology, definitions, concepts, and literary epochs). The second phase focuses on a more profound analysis of themes, motifs and paradigmatic works in certain periods or literary movements, such as the German (pre-)Romanticism and Vormärz.

German Literature

  • Capacity of collecting, sorting and interpreting data relevant to the analysis of literary themes and motifs;
  • Acquisition of historical and theoretical knowledge of literature in German-speaking countries from the second half of the 18th  to the end of the 19th century, including the study authors, genres and literary motifs;
  • Skills of critical reading of a literary text and capability of literary analysis synthesizing and explanation of content, relating and confronting different ideas and lines of thought;
  • Understanding and application of operational definitions and theoretical concepts in the history of German literature.

The unit German Literature I focuses on aspects of German literary history in its socio-political context and on the conceptional and formal characteristics of various movements and eras. It is based on the analysis of genres and motifs in original and paradigmatic works. Texts of literary criticism and online debates will enable the student to place a work in its aesthetic and historical context. This unit proposes a contextualized discussion of a selection of emblematic works of the pre-romantic generation (Sturm und Drang, Empfindsamkeit), German Romanticism and Vormärz. The study of literary works of all genres that have emerged in these movements and epochs includes authors such as Goethe, Chamisso, Hoffmann and Büchner.

COSTA, Fernanda Gil (1998) Literatura Alemã I, Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.

RIBEIRO, António Sousa (1999) Literatura Alemã II, Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.

BEUTIN, Wolfgang et al. (1993) História da Literatura Alemã, das origens à actualidade, vols. I e II, Lisboa: Cosmos/apaginastantas.

BARRENTO, João (trad. e org.) (1989) Literatura Alemã. Textos e Contextos (1700-1900), 2 vols., Lisboa: Presença.

GOETHE, Johann W. von (Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, 1774) Os sofrimentos do jovem Werther (trad. anônima, 1821; introdução Oliver Tolle (
In German:

CHAMISSO, Adelbert von, A História Fabulosa de Peter Schlemihl (tradução e ensaio de João Barrento), Assírio & Alvim 2005 (ISBN: 9723709929). (In German:

HOFFMANN, E. T. A., “O reflexo perdido” ("Die Geschichte vom verlornen Spiegelbilde", 1815) em pdf. (In German:

BÜCHNER, Georg, Woyzeck, (1879 / trad. J. Barrento), Vila Nova de Famalicão: Húmus, 2010. (In German:

Online learning with continuous supervision favoring asynchronous communication (Moodle platform).
Students have to perform the tasks requested by the teacher: essays, critical recensions, reports, protocols, etc. All works will be evaluated and/or classified.

Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Good reading skills inEnglish required.