French literature 2

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Through the study of some exemplary works of great French authors of modernity, the course aims to deepen some fundamental questions - the relationship between literature and reality (individual and collective), the role of literature in society, the relationship of literature with the other arts and with the human sciences - identifying lines of continuity and revolutionary fractures, from the 18th century to the 20th century.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: 1) knowledge of the essential lines of development of the French literature of the considered period, with a focus on the authors and the works object of analysis; 2) understanding of the interrelationships between works, authors, literary and cultural movements Skills: ability to read a literary text 1) recognizing the identifying characteristics of a personal style; 2) identifying themes and styles attributable to a cultural climate and a historical era; 3) linking it to other texts by the same author and by different authors.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Due to the emergency linked to covid 19, lessons will be carried out remotely on the Teams platform (the access code to the class is l7xrrsa). Lessons will be held in synchronous mode and will be held - except for unforeseen circumstances - at the time of the course (Monday 16.30-18.30; Thursday 10.30-12.30; Friday 8.30-12.30). The lessons will be recorded and uploaded on the Teams platform. To the synchronous lessons can be added pdf and commented power points that will be uploaded both on Teams platform and Ariel platform.
If the conditions are met there will be a discussion and verification meeting in presence - but always with the possibility of remote access - at the end of each of the three parts of the course.
Precisely because of the particular way in which the lessons will take place, in the section dedicated to the examination bibliography no distinction is made between attending and non-attendants because all students will have the possibility to access the recordings of the lessons. Should students encounter difficulties in accessing the registrations, they are invited to contact the course owner teacher by e-mail before beginning exam preparation.
Also the exams - unless otherwise indicated by the University - will be held at a distance on the Teams platform. The access codes to the exam class will be equally communicated on the Ariel platform.
Course syllabus
The course is entitled: Love, death and resurrection in Marcel Proust's "Roman d'Albertine".
It is composed of three parts:
A: The composition of the Recherche and the invention of the character of Albertine.
B: Love Claustration and Mirage of Art in the Prisonnière
C: The absence, the mourning, the oblivion in Albertine disparate

The figure of Albertine - a key character in A la recherche du temps perdu - will be analyzed as a catalyst for some of the fundamental themes that cross the Proustian masterpiece. Particular attention will be given to the two novels in the cycle in which she is the protagonist: La Prisonnière and Albertine disparue
Prerequisites for admission
The course, which is partially taught in French, the materials and the exam bibliography presuppose literary history and critical analysis skills gained in previous courses.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: frontal lessons; reading and commenting on passages from the works indicated in the program; analysis of textual and iconographic documents that serve to support the understanding of the works.
Teaching Resources
Examination programme

Part A
- an anthology of Proustian texts that will be uploaded to the Ariel platform
- A. Beretta Anguissola, Proust: Guida alla Recherche, Roma, Carocci, 2018.
- a dossier of critical texts that will be uploaded on the Ariel platform

Part B
- M. Proust, La Prisonnière, édition de Pierre-Edmond Robert, Paris, Gallimard, ("folio classique"), 1989.
- An anthology of critical texts to be uploaded on the Ariel platform

Part C
- M. Proust, Albertine disparue, préface d'Anne Chevalier, Paris, Gallimard ("folio classique"), 1990
- An anthology of critical texts that will be uploaded to the Ariel platform.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The oral exam - part of which (chosen by the student) must be conducted in French - consists of an interview on all three teaching units. It will start from reading and commenting on a passage (chosen by the teacher), taken from one of the texts in the program, and then broadening the discussion to the other texts envisaged in the program. The exam will be aimed at assessing the ability to comment on a literary text, to frame it within the work and poetics of its author and to insert it in a broader historical-cultural context, comparing it with the other texts included in the program.
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 in charge of the course.
The examination 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
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