French literature

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide non-specialist students an overall preparation in relation to 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
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/2022 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation
Course syllabus
Intitolato in inglese
Literary rewriting: continuity between the âge classique and the twentieth century
The course aims to conduct a reflection on the category of rewriting that characterizes the literary system in general and, in particular, in two historical literary periods examined, the âge classique and the first half of the twentieth century. The aim is to underline the concept of continuity in difference that characterises this literary practice and makes it a fertile open border territory.
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 more critical material in French and one text with only one rare translation
Teaching methods
The course will be offered in a lecture format and include: a summary of French literary history focusing on the two periods considered: an analysis of texts structure (rhetorical, stylistic, theatrical and narrative devices).
Teaching Resources

Racine Fedra e Ippolito(1677), french text opposite, by Daniela Dalla Valle, Venezia, Marsilio edizioni, 2000;
André Gide Enfant prodigue (1909), PDF su Ariel;
Gide, Teseo, french texte opposite (1946), by Elisabetta Minervini, Paloma, 1996, Available at the professor's office;
Yourcenar, Feux (1936) any edition

Antologia di testi critici, (Ariel)


Molière, Don Giovanni, french texte opposite, by Delia Gambelli, and Dario Fo, Venezia, Marsilio edizioni, 2001;
Roger Vailland, Monsieur Jean, Paris, Gallimard, 1959 Available at the professor's office

Antology of critical essays (Ariel)
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 the formal characteristics of literary rewriting and to analyse the text in its articulations (rhetorical, stylistic, theatrical and narrative devices) and in its rewriting nature.
Evaluation criteria: Students' ability to date literary works and to use critical contributions coherently. The ability to identify the literary category of rewriting.
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
Educational website(s)
wednesday, from 12.00 to 3 pm.
square S.Alessandro 1, 2nd floor