Francophone Cultures I

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Through a transdisciplinary approach, the course aims to provide the student with an introduction to the knowledge of cultural and intercultural practices that have developed in the main French-speaking areas. To this end, various media will be used (literary texts, critical texts, images, videos) which, compared, will allow students to critically understand the cultural and transcultural dynamics in those areas and in comparison with metropolitan space.
Expected learning outcomes
The ability, throughout specific critical instruments, to understand, analyze and compare different cultural phenomena, socio-anthropological dynamics, intercultural and transcultural relationships. In particular, the aim is to allow the student to have the widest possible vision of the manifold diversity that make up contemporary societies and to develop possible responses to the problems that will arise in the course of this cultural investigation and in their practice and agency as mediators.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
In relation to the mode of delivery of training 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
Defined at the end of the 19th century as a "white space of delicious mystery" (Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad), Congo-Kinshasa (formerly Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo) is today, almost 60 years after its independence from Belgium, one of the richest states in Central Africa from a potential point of view and one of the poorest and most politically unstable in the World Bank's ranking. Its true wealth lies, in fact, in a thousand-year-old heritage of culture, which has been able to adapt to the challenges of globalization. In this course, the aim will be to deepen the cultural history of the Congo, while exploring its trajectory in the most diverse fields (historical, anthropological, literary, cinematographic, theatrical, fine arts, comics, the press, intercultural actions, development aid). We will also take into account the artistic and cultural productions of the Congolese Diaspora.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites are given for taking the course. Although knowledge of French is not required in the first year, it would be very useful to have some rudiments because some of the material will not be in Italian (the teacher will translate the texts in class).
Teaching methods
A transdisciplinary approach will be applied through the use of different media (literary texts, critical texts, images, videos) which, when compared, will allow students to critically understand the cultural and transcultural dynamics taking place in the areas studied.
Teaching Resources
Part 1:
1. David Van Reybrouck, Congo, Feltrinelli, coll. "Varia", 2010 (transl. It.)
2. Materials uploaded to the Ariel Platform (space "MED Francophone Culture")
Part 2: (3 CFU) prof. Silvia Riva
The cultural Congo in all its states: anthropology, literature, cinema, theater, fine arts, dance, music, comics, press, intercultural actions (in Congo and in the "diaspora"), development aid
1. Materials uploaded to the Ariel Platform ("MED Francophone Culture" space)
2 Julien Jeusette, Silvia Riva, Contemporary Congolese Literature as World Literature,

Part 3: (3 CFU) prof. Silvia Riva
An exemplary case: reading and commenting the novel [i]Congo Inc[/i] (2014) by Koli Jean Bofane, between local space and globalization.
1. Koli Jean Bofane, Cong Inc, Le testament de Bismark, Paris, Actes Sud, 2014 (or tr. it. for beginners)
2. Materials uploaded to the Ariel Platform ("MED Francophone Culture" space)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be oral and in Italian. It will focus on the verification, through a dialogue, of the skills acquired during the course of re-elaboration of concepts, notions and their updating with respect to the Italian case.
L-LIN/03 - FRENCH LITERATURE - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Riva Silvia