The course will develop around the following topic: "Lecture et vie. La fonction des romans, en France, au-delà du domaine de la littérature: des 'lettres aux écrivains' des lecteurs romantiques aux 'humanités médicales'".
Unit 1 The first didactic unit of the course will reconstruct the socio-cultural context in which the practice of reading novels spread in the first half of the 19th century in France, with an increasingly wider public.
Unit 2 The second didactic unit of the course will focus its attention on the social function of the novels and on their ability to reflect the individual and collective existence of the readers, welcoming at the same time their claims and their hopes of change.
Unit 3 The third didactic unit will explore the new role that the reading of the novels plays in the contemporary age, dwelling on the extraordinary experience, in France, of the "humanités médicales", a meeting ground between the human sciences and medicine, according to a new perspective of care, in which reading, narration and writing prove to be essential tools
Prerequisites for admission
To take the exam of French culture II you must have already taken the exams of French language I and French culture I.
Frontal Lessons held in French
Unit 1 - J. Lyon-Caen, La lecture et la vie. Les usages du roman au temps de Balzac, Paris, Tallandier, 2006 (chapters I, II). - materials and documents analyzed in class and uploaded to the Ariel platform
Unit 2 - J. Lyon-Caen, La lecture et la vie. Les usages du roman au temps de Balzac, Paris, Tallandier, 2006 (chapters III, IV, V, Epilogue, Conclusion, Choix de lettres). - materials and documents analyzed in class and uploaded to the Ariel platform
Unit 3 - anthology of articles and critical texts available on the Ariel platform - materials and documents analyzed in class and uploaded to the Ariel platform
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam - which must be held, at least in part, in French - will be in oral form and will start from the analysis of a document (among those examined in class), and then extend to the more general contexts and themes considered during the course.