Contemporary French literature

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/03
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at learning the foundations of the French contemporary literature as a heterogeneous cultural model and aims to consolidate the knowledge through readings aimed at emphasize the importance of the plurality of perspectives in the literary space. The course also aims to deepen the skills of critical reading and to provide methods and tools necessary for the analysis and interpretation of any literary text.
Expected learning outcomes
1. Students will be able to contextualize the evolution of French-language literature in relation to the main historical and cultural developments of the French cultural space. They will be able to grasp specific themes and motives of French contemporary literature with appropriate terminology and will be able to deepen the texts with appropriate methods and tools of analysis.
2) Students will be able to develop autonomy and flexibility in understanding the literary issues addressed during this course. They will then be able to answer questions of an interpretative and non-notional nature about texts and cultural contexts, developing critical skills, autonomy and awareness in the study of course topics.
3) Students will be able to examine texts and arguments in a comparative and critical manner and understand their concepts, structure and contexts.
4) Students will use notions and methodologies of literary criticism and related disciplines, looking for sources for documentation and knowing how to use bibliographic tools, both in traditional and electronic form.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Course title: Post-exotic dystopias and eco-poetical utopias in French literature at the beginning of the millennium.

Through the reading of three novels by award-winning authors writing in the 21st century (all translated into Italian), the course aims to analyse the great contemporary dystopias and utopias , declined through the categories of post-human, post-exotic and ecopoetics. The novels analysed talk about the fate of contemporary societies on a planetary level, their fears, but also their hopes.

Recommendations:
Since critical, visual and documentary materials in French (which will be translated by the teacher) could be proposed during the course, its regular attendance is strongly recommended for those who wish to take the exam as an attending student. Attending students (and only them) can agree with the teacher on details appropriate to their specific interests and all students (including non-attendants) are required to consult her before taking the exam. Supplementary Materials (which constitute the pantry) will be uploaded on the Ariel platform ("Contemporary French Literature") during the course. The annexes are to be considered as examination material for everyone.
International students or Erasmus incoming students are invited to make timely contact with the teacher in charge of the course.
The examination modalities for students with disabilities and/or DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent Office.
Prerequisites for admission
There's no prerequisites to this exam. Knowledge of French is recommended, but not compulsory. The course will be taught in Italian.
Teaching methods
The course will be given through lectures and possibly conferences with experts.
Teaching Resources
Teaching Unit 1.
Reference material for attendants
Text:
Michel Houellebecq, La possibilité d'une Paris, J'ai lu; trad. it.: La possibilità di un'isola, Milan, Bompiani, Tascabili, 2008.
Criticism:
Materials uploaded on the Ariel platform in the content "Register" under Contemporary French Literature (S. Riva). The critical text will be communicated during the course, depending on the level of knowledge of the French language.

Reference material for non attendants
Text:
Michel Houellebecq, La possibilité d'une Paris, J'ai lu; trad. it.: La possibilità di un'isola, Milan, Bompiani, Tascabili, 2008.
Criticism:
1. Materials uploaded on the Ariel platform in the content "Register" under Contemporary French Literature (S. Riva).
2. Elisabetta di Minico, Il futuro in bilico. The contemporary world between control, utopia and dystopia, Milan, Meltemi, 2018.

Teaching Unit 2.
Reference material for attendants
Text:
Antoine Volodine, Terminus radieux, Paris, Seuil, coll. Points, 2015; trad. it. Terminus radioso, Rome, 66thand2nd, 2016.
Criticism:
Materials uploaded on the Ariel platform in the content "Register" under Contemporary French Literature (S. Riva). The critical text will be communicated during the course, depending on the level of knowledge of the French language.

[Reference material for non-attendants]:
Text:
Antoine Volodine, Terminus radieux, Paris, Seuil, coll. Points, 2015; tra. it. Terminus radioso, Rome, 66thand2nd, 2016.
Criticism:
1. Materials uploaded on the Ariel platform in the content "Register" under Contemporary French Literature (S. Riva).
2. Antoine Volodine, Il post-esotismo in dieci lezioni, lesson eleven, Rome, 66thand2nd, 2017.

Teaching Unit 3.
Reference material for attendants
Text:
Maylis de Kerangal, Naissance d'un pont, Paris, Folio, 2014; trad. it.: Birth of a bridge, Milan, Feltrinelli, 2013.
Criticism:
Materials uploaded on the Ariel platform in the content "Register" under Contemporary French Literature (S. Riva). The critical text will be communicated during the course, depending on the level of knowledge of the French language.
[Reference material for non-attendants]:
Text:
Maylis de Kerangal, Naissance d'un pont, Paris, Folio, 2014; trad. it.: Birth of a bridge, Milan, Feltrinelli, 2013.
Criticism:
1. Materials uploaded on the Ariel platform in the content "Register" under Contemporary French Literature (S. Riva).
2. Caterina Salabé, Ecocritic. La letteratura e la crisi del pianeta, Rome, Donzelli, 2013.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Modalities of the oral examination. The oral exam will consist of an interview in Italian on the scheduled topics and will aim to ascertain - in addition to the acquisition of the contents - the ability to reuse them in the analysis of the cultural facts under examination.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/03 - FRENCH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/03 - FRENCH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/03 - FRENCH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)