French literature

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide non-specialist students with an overview of French Literature and Civilisation, with a focus on influence and mediation with Italian Literature.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: 1) An essential framework of French Literature, according to the periods and authors considered, 2) Understanding basic elements in order to analyse texts' structure (metrical, stylistic, narrative devices).
Skills. 1) Ability to identify the main expressive features (stylistic, thematic and structural) of every literary work and recognize the author's identity in it 2) Ability to date literary works in chronological and cultural connection with Italian literature, 3) Ability to use coherently critical contributions 4) Ability to read works and identify themes and formal issues.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
No change. Critical material is available on Ariel's website.

Methods of delivery
The lessons in attendance are replaced by two complementary modes of telematic delivery of teaching, synchronous and asynchronous. I conduct the synchronous lessons on Teams platform in the regular schedule (Monday h. 8.45, Tuesday h. 8.45, Wednesday h. 8.45), giving the access code on Ariel to participate in the class PREDA LETTERATURA FRANCESE. These lessons will be regularly recorded and left available to students in the repository of the platform itself, divided into three distinct parts (I turn off the recording every 20 minutes, to improve the quality of the recording and to give space to direct interventions, questions, comments in 'class' not recorded). The lesson may be shorter than the usual two hours, but. in case, it will be accompanied by power point with audio, which I load in the Teams class, on the Materiale del Corso (direct text commentary, translation, image commentary) asynchronously.
If possible, there will be a meeting in presence at the end of each unit.
The Ariel website will be the venue for any organizational communication.

3) Methods of learning verification
The exams will be conducted orally on Teams platform.
Course syllabus
Intitolato in inglese The fragile fulfillment; the coming-of-age novel in French fiction
The course aims to provide a reflection on the 'training concept' (individualization and relationship with the world), a concept that characterizes the structures and contents of the French novel in three particular cultural-historical moments:

1. The âge classique of Louis XIV: the affirmation of a 'juste tempérement' that makes the fictional character as 'honnête' as his reader; the reference text is La Fontaine' s novel Les Amours de Psyché et Cupidon, to which the first unit will be dedicated.
2. The first half of 19th Century and the representation of youth in search of new social equilibrium and new forms of cultural expression. The reference text is Stendhal's Le rouge et le noir to which the second unit will be dedicated.
3. The first half of 20th Century, a period of intense questioning concept learning as much as the novel as a genre and the literary language as a means of communication. The reference text is the anti-coming of age novel, Zazie dans le métro by Raymond Queneau, to which the third unit will be dedicated.
Prerequisites for admission
Passive language skills are necessary to understand and analyse French literary texts and part of the critical material in French (20%). The third unit includes a critical dossier entirely written in French.
Teaching methods
The course will be offered in a lecture format and include: a summary of French literary history focusing on the three periods examinated: an analysis of texts structure (rhetorical, stylistic and narrative devices).

Attendance is not compulsory.
Teaching Resources
Franco Moretti, Il romanzo di formazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1999, p. 3-27 (il Bildungsroman come forma simbolic); l'agio della civiltà, anello della vita, retorica della felicità; cap. II Waterloo Story pp.83-103,139-141), the first five paragraphs and the end.

Jean de La Fontaine, Gli Amori di Psiche e Cupido, con testo francese, a cura si Susanna Spero, Venezia, Marsilio, 1998.
Anthology of critical essays (Ariel)

Stendhal, Le rouge et le noir, Paris, Gallimard, Le livre de poche, 1983
Anthology of critical essays (Ariel)

A good Knowledge of French is required for the third unit:
Raymond Queneau, Zazie dans le métro, any edition
It is advisable to read Raymond Queneau, Zazie nel metro, transalted by Franco Fortini, with Barthes's essay, Zazie e la letteratura, Torino, Einaudi, 2014. The Barthes 's essay must be read.
Michel Bigot, Zazie dans le métro de Raymond Queneau, Paris, Gallimard, 1993, paperback
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam: the exam will consist of an interview in Italian. Students will have to analyse the French texts and put them into their historical and literary context. They will have to recognise structural and thematic elements of coming-of-age novel century and to analyse the texts structure (rhetorical, stylistic and narrative devices).
Evaluation criteria: Students' ability to date literary works in cultural connection with Italian literature and to use critical contributions coherently. The ability to identify the category of coming-of-age novel will also be evaluated
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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