French Theatre

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will know the essential lines of development of the history of the French theater in the seventeenth century and the rules that dominate it. In particular, the study of Molière's main works will be discussed. The analysis of these texts will also offer the opportunity for an exploration of the mechanisms of staging.
The student acquires the ability to place over time one of the greatest authors of the French theater and the historical-cultural context in which he lived. He will acquire the critical and methodological tools to face the reading of the various theatrical texts. He will have developed skills related to the analysis of dramatic text and staging; he will be able to use the basic terminology of theatrical studies and will be able to reflect on the ways of the mise en scène of comic works, in particular those of the seventeenth century.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course is titled Molière from text to scene and consists of the following three teaching units, which will be addressed in sequence:
A: The first big hits of Molière
B: The 'gravity' of comicality in Molière
C: The return to brilliant comedy

The course aims primarily to provide direct knowledge, through a reading of the texts accompanied by a critical comment, of some of the fundamental works of the Molière theater, following the various stages of its production and dealing with some of the most significant examples of the so-called maniaques created by the great French author. The Molière theater will obviously be framed in the historical-literary context of the seventeenth century and in particular in the context of the French seventeenth-century theater and the rules that dominate it. The course also aims to enrich the knowledge of the comedies read through the vision of some staging through the projection of DVDs.
Students interested in acquiring 6 credits will stick to the program of teaching units A and B; students interested in acquiring 9 credits will stick to the complete program.
The course program is valid until February 2021. From the 2021 summer session it will be possible to present yourself exclusively on the program of the academic year 2020-2021.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is held in French as regards reading the texts and in Italian with regard to their commentary. A specific knowledge of the French language is not required, since students of Languages who do not know this language and of Degree Courses other than Languages will be able to follow the course using Italian translations of the texts in the program.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: frontal lessons; reading and commenting of the scheduled works, viewing and commenting of films.
Teaching Resources
W.D. Howarth, Uno scrittore di teatro e il suo pubblico, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1993.
F. Fiorentino, Il ridicolo in Molière, Torino, Piccola Biblioteca Einaudi, 1997.
F. Fiorentino, Il teatro francese del Seicento, Bari, Laterza, 2008.
J. Rousset, Il mito di Don Giovanni, Parma, Pratiche, 1990. Quest'ultimo testo sarà fornito dalla docente nella versione italiana.
The latter text will be provided by the teacher in the Italian version.

Bibliographic indications are an integral part of the examination program for both attending and non-attending students.

Teaching unit A
L'École des femmes
Teaching unit B
Dom Juan
Le Misanthrope
Teaching unit C
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
Le Malade imaginaire

No particular editions are recommended for both the original French version and the Italian translations of Molière's works. Students can prepare for their favorite editions, provided they are complete and complete with introductory apparatus and commentary notes.

Warnings for non-attending students:
The program for non-attending students is the same as that for attending students. Of course, given the greater difficulties deriving from an autonomous preparation, non-attending students are recommended to devote adequate time to the study and development of the contents of the program.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an individual interview, which includes questions asked by the teacher, interactions between the teacher and the student and the analysis and commentary of one or more themes from the scheduled works. The interview has a variable duration depending on the teaching units on which the student presents himself, and takes place in French. The interview aims to verify the knowledge of the texts read, the ability to exhibit, the precision in the use of specific terminology, the capacity for critical and personal reflection on the proposed themes. Finally, he will take into account the French language skills. The final mark is expressed in thirtieths, and the student has the right to refuse it (in this case it will be recorded as "withdrawn").
International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to promptly contact the teacher. The exam procedures for students with disabilities and / or with DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent Office.
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