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FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

CODE 98533
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 9918 LETTERATURE MODERNE E SPETTACOLO (LM-14) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 3nd year of 8459 STORIA (L-42) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/03
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Paths, paradigms and challenges of the French novel from the 19th century to contemporaneity.

    The course aims at offering a critical overview of the routes taken by the French novel from the 19th century to contemporary times, through three major interpretative paradigms: realism and society, memory, and new forms of social and anthropological engagement in contemporary literature.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to provide students of Literature with a good knowledge of the history of French literature from the 19th century to contemporaneity, with anthological readings in front of text and particular attention to historical and artistic dynamics, as well as to theoretical positions.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The teaching is part of the training course, providing the basis for a comparative reflection of literary history in relation to the history and history of art, through fundamental knowledge for the relationship links.

    At the end of the course the student:

    1) knows the general lines of literary history,

    2) is able to recognize the works of the great authors of French literature

    4) knows how to relate the works with the historical era,

    5) can distinguish the characteristics of the great literary movements.

    6) can define the characteristics of the great literary movements.

    PREREQUISITES

    The student should have a general geographical vision and history of Europe, should also have a standard level of knowledge of Italian and basic notions of Italian literature.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The first part will concern the "novelists of the real" through the reading of selected excerpts from Balzac, Flaubert, and Céline; the second part will outline the theme of memory as a novelistic device in three authors: Proust, Modiano, and Ernaux. The last part will focus on contemporaneity, on the new forms of "commitment" and on the social and aesthetic challenges that fiction must face in the 21st century: namely, we will take Emmanuel Carrère and Maylis de Kerangal as examples of this paradigm.
    The excerpts to be analysed will be included in the handout edited by the lecturer.   

    The in-class analysis will - mainly - focus on the following novels:

    Honoré de Balzac: Illusioni perdute
    Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Viaggio al termine della notte
    Marcel Proust, Dalla parte di Swann
    Patrick Modiano, Via delle botteghe oscure
    Annie Ernaux, Gli Anni
    Emmanuel Carrère, Vite che non sono la mia
    Maylis de Kerangal, Riparare i viventi

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Bibliography for attending students:

    A handout containing the excerpts analysed during the course, as well as some critical essays, will be made available by the lecturer before the end of the course.

    Bibliography for non-attending students:

    Michela Landi ( edited by), Letteratura francese. Dall'Ottocento al XXI secolo, Vol. 2, Le Monnier Università, 2021

    Sandra Teroni ( ed.), Il romanzo francese del Novecento, Laterza, 2008

    A collection of essays edited by the lecturer will be published on the course page

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    CHIARA ROLLA (President)

    ELISA BRICCO

    ROBERTA CAPOTORTI (President)

    CHIARA ROLLA

    ELISA BRICCO (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Colloquium and seminar

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    At the end of the course the student:
    1) knows the general lines of literary history,
    2) is able to recognize the works of the great authors of French literature
    4) knows how to relate the works with the historical era,
    5) can distinguish the characteristics of the great literary movements.
    6) knows how to define the characteristics of the great literary movements.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    15/12/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale aula R - Balbi 6
    18/01/2023 14:00 GENOVA Orale aula G - Via Balbi 4
    08/02/2023 14:00 GENOVA Orale aula G - Via Balbi 4