a) To understand and contextualize relevant texts of 18th.Century German Literature considering their historical background;
b) Evaluation of myths which underlie 18th-century German literature;
c) In-depth analysis of selected texts (lyrical poetry , drama and novel);
d) To develop the students competence to carry out bibliographical research.
e)To help students organize a bibliographical research in order to conceive an oral presentation.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Gabriela Fragoso


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Good knowledge of German.


- Beutin, W. História da Literatura Alemã (vol.1). Cosmos, Lisboa, 1993.
- Erlach, D. Epochenbruch 1800. Klassik und Romantik. Cornelsen, Berlin, 2005.
- Burgstedt, A. Das Zeitalter der Aufklärung. Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt, 2004.
- Barrento, J. Literatura Alemã. Vol.I: séc.XVIII. Presença, Lisboa, 1989.
- Gaier, U. Fausts Modernität. Essays. Reclam, Stuttgart, 2000.
- Koroliov, S. (Hrsg.) Emotion und Kognition. Transformationen in der europäischen Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts. De Gruyter, Berlin, 2013.
- Goethe, J. W. Fausto (trad.João Barrento). Relógio d´Água, Lisboa, 2013.
- Neumann, J. Das Kind im Pietismus und Aufklärung. Max Niemeyer Verlag, Tübingen: 2000.

Teaching method

Presentation of the various topics by the lecturer; reading and discussion of a selection of texts covering the topics outlined in the syllabus;
- Tutorial supervision of the research work related to the final oral presentation chosen by the student.
- The teaching method is mainly reflexive and oriented to the contents of the CU. Students will present and discuss key texts.

Evaluation method

A mid-term test and a final test (together: 50%). Oral presentation (50%)
Participation in class is mandatory.

Subject matter

a) Rebirth of German literature from the ashes of Thirty Years´ War;
b)The diferent overlapping periods of 18th century German literature: Early Enlightenment, Rokoko, Literature of Sensibility and Storm and Stress, Late Enlightenment, Weimar Classicism, Early Romanticism;
c) French and English influence on German literature;
d) 18th. Century German Literature: Individualism, originality, sincerity, open-mindedness;
e) Universal Myths: Werther and Faust.