Contemporary French literature

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
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

Lesson period
First semester
In relation to the mode of delivery of learning activities for the 2021/2022 academic year, more specific indications will be given in the coming months, based on the evolution of the health situation.
Course syllabus
Course Title: "Intimate and Public. Self-Fictional and Sociological Aspects in the Contemporary French Novel."
Course Content:
The main objective of the course is to analyze three contemporary texts that offer a portrait of our reality using the tools of autofiction. Indeed, the early 2000s witnessed in France the explosion of a literary genre derived from autobiography: autofiction. This genre combines both self-narration and fiction, exploring the intimate in its social dimension. From the early works of Annie Ernaux, continuing with those of Edouard Louis and Michel Houellebecq (who contaminates a work of science fiction with autobiographical traits), we see narratives that offer a surprising social fresco of our closest contemporary era. It will be a question of reflecting on this mixture of public and private as much in its literary dimension as in the cultural and anthropological one of the present.
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 the use of the tools of textual analysis in a diachronic and synchronic perspective.
Teaching Resources
Part I: Annie Ernaux, La Place, Paris, Gallimard, coll. " Folio ", 2013 ; transl. Il Posto, L'Orma, 2014.
Part II: Edouard Louis, Pour en finir avec Eddy Bellegueule, Paris, Seuil, 2014 ; transl. it. Il caso Eddy Bellegueule, Milan, Bompiani, 2014.
Part III: Michel Houellebecq, La possibilité d'une île, Paris, J'ai Lu n° 10284, 2013 ; La possibilità di un'isola, Milan, Bompiani, 2007.
1. Stefano Calabrese, " Il romanzo dopo il postmoderno", Turin, Einaudi, coll. "Piccola biblioteca Einaudi", 2005.
2. Pierre Bourdieu, "Le regole dell'arte. Genesi e struttura del campo letterario", Il Saggiatore, 2005.
3. All materials contained on the teacher's Ariel site under "Course Log".
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be oral and will consist of a dialogue on the topics covered in the course and on the critical readings assigned.
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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