French literature (MA)

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to introduce some fundamental narrative works of French literature. We aim to analyze the main themes, the characters, the structures, the styles of the various texts in the program. We will try to stimulate students to reflect and to a personal critical reading of the proposed works.
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), 3) Good knowledge of spoken and written French language. 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
In relation to the methods of providing training activities for the 2021/22 academic year, more specific indications will be given in the coming months, based on the evolution of the health situation.
Course syllabus
The course is entitled: Le 'moi' et la famille dans quatre romans du XXe siècle and consists of the following four parts which will be addressed in sequence:
A: The complex relationships of a French family in Indochina
B: The daughter-mother relationship in two 'feminine' novels of the 20th century
C: Shame in relations with the family
Prerequisites for admission
The course which is held entirely in French, the materials and the exam bibliography assume solid linguistic skills. Erasmus or other forms of mobility students are admitted, provided they have excellent skills in French.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: lectures; reading and commenting on the works in the program, viewing and commenting on films.
Teaching Resources
The following novels will be read:
Part A: Marguerite Duras, Un barrage contre le Pacifique, Paris, Gallimard Folio
Part B: Simone de Beauvoir, Une mort très douce, Paris, Gallimard Folio
Annie Ernaux, Une femme, Paris, Gallimard Folio
Part C: Annie Ernaux, La honte, Paris, Gallimard Folio

Recommended critical studies:
- Marie-Thérèse Ligot, '' A barrage contre le Pacifique "de Marguerite Duras, Paris, Gallimard, Foliothèque n ° 18.
- Some studies on the novel by Simone de Beauvoir will be recommended.
- Marie-France Savéan, "La Place" and "Une femme" d'Annie Ernaux, Paris, Gallimard, Foliothèque n ° 36
Some studies on the novel "La honte" by Annie Ernaux will be recommended.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an individual interview, which includes questions asked by the teacher, interactions between the teacher and the student and the analysis and commentary of one or more themes from the scheduled works. The interview has a variable duration depending on the teaching units on which the student presents himself, and takes place in French. The interview aims to verify the knowledge of the texts read, the ability to exhibit, the precision in the use of specific terminology, the capacity for critical and personal reflection on the proposed themes. Finally, he will take into account the French language skills. 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. The exam 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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