Contemporary French literature

A.Y. 2020/2021
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
Lessons will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform and should be followed synchronously based on the timetable of the first quarter, to allow interaction with students. However, lessons will be recorded and left available to non attending students on the same platform later.
Course syllabus
Topic:
The visual in contemporary French poetry between 20th and 21st century

Description of the topics covered:
The course aims to illustrate - through the study of some exemplary cases between the 20th and 21st centuries - the way in which models from the visual arts (painting, photography, cinema, hypertexts) were fundamental in the elaboration of a literary poetics in the 20th and 21st centuries. Starting from the consideration of how the presence of depictions (drawings, paintings, engravings, collages, photographs, hypertexts) and iconographic intertexts (aimed at French art, but not only) is predominant in French poetic writing in the 20th and 21st centuries, we propose to reflect on the differences and balances between figuration and discourse and on the question of the use of the image today.

Introduction (part I): Writing and image, theoretical aspects. Historical excurus: from Baudelaire to Bonnefoy.

In-depth analysis (Part II): Illustrations, poems-object, poems-icon, logograms, defigurations.

Case study (part III): Imagining the contemporary: the work of Dominique Fourcade
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites are given for this examination. Knowledge of French is recommended, but not compulsory. The course will be in Italian.
Teaching methods
The teaching methods adopted will concern textual analysis from a diachronic and synchronic perspective.
Teaching Resources
Bibliography
Part 1 : Writing and image, theoretical aspects. Historical excurus: from Baudelaire to Bonnefoy.
Bibliography Part 1:
1) S. Riva, The dissemination of the sign: writing and images in 20th century French culture. An anthology of texts (in French with Italian translation) available on the Ariel website. It is not a book for sale.
2) PDF articles, online articles and sites indicated in the Course Materials space on the Ariel Platform for Unit 1.

Part 2: Illustrations, poems-object, poems-icon, logograms, defigurations.
Bibliography Part 2:
1) S. Riva, The dissemination of the sign: writing and images in 20th century French culture. An anthology of texts (in French with Italian translation) available on the Ariel website. It is not a book for sale.
2) PDF articles, online articles and sites indicated in the Course Materials space on the Ariel Platform for Unit 2.

Part 3 (3 CFU): Imagining the contemporary: the work of Dominique Fourcade
Bibliography Part 3:
1) S. Riva, The dissemination of the sign: writing and images in 20th century French culture. An anthology of texts (in French with Italian translation) available on the Ariel website. It is not a book for sale.
2) Dominique Fourcade, Tutto accade, Milan, La Vita felice, 2012.
3) PDF articles, online articles and sites indicated for Unit 3 that can be consulted in the Course Materials space on the Ariel Platform.

4) Only on a voluntary basis, for those who know the French language and for the Master's Degree in Languages, we recommend the text:
Silvia Riva, Chorégraphies poétiques: l'oeuvre de Dominique Fourcade, Milan, Mimesis, 2016.

To the texts above, students who are NOT attending will add the following essay:
Yves Bonnefoy, Poetry and Photography, Milan, O bar O, 2015.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination will take place in oral form using the Microsoft Teams platform or, where regulations permit, in presence, always in oral form.
The examination, in Italian (or French if requested), will be aimed at:
- ascertain the achievement of the objectives in terms of knowledge and comprehension;
- ascertain the ability to apply knowledge and understanding through the discussion of literary cases;
- verify the student's autonomy of judgement through the analysis of the literary text;
- ascertain the student's mastery of the specific language related to the use of the literary text and the ability to present the arguments in a clear and orderly manner.
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
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