L-LIN/03 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff

Email: csipala@unict.it
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Learning Objectives

he ultimate aim of this course is to provide the conceptual knowledge and the method in order to be able to study French literature not only as cultural heritage but even as range of ideological, thematic and linguistic models, that can be used in the European sphere.

The specific purpose of this course it to acquire knowledge related to the languages tested by some French writers in relation to changes in literary genre, public, purposes, historical situation.

The course will pay particular attention to reading anthology or complete works and grammatical analysis of the text, from the metric-prosodic to the lexical and morpho-syntactic, with particular attention to the recognition in the construction of the text of the isotopic series, of global significance and dialectic between individuality and suprapersonal codes.

The quantity and quality of selected readings will therefore be necessary for assessing the oral and therefore we recommend students to submit in advance to the attention of the teacher reading list that you intend to submit.

The skills of analysis and synthesis of the literary text will be found during a mandatory test in progress that will be preparatory to oral examination.

Course Structure

The course is hold in a classroom, through an alternance of two main teaching modalities: frontal lessons and practice exercises, in order to train the student to the written test, that is preparatory to the oral examination.

Therefore, students who attend the course are requested to bring to each lesson the anthology, as can be find online, on Studium platform. The students can choose whether to employ a digital or paper version of the books, that in class will be subject matter of textual analysis.

We recommend students to access Studium platform and confirm their presence to the "French literature, from Renaissance to Age of Enlightenment" course: in order to get material for the lessons and receive all further communications from the teacher. For this reason, we recommend to check the registered email address.

Detailed Course Content

A. FUNDAMENTALS of French Literature (XIX-XX century) 6cfu

The socio-cultural contest, the artistic and literary movements, major authors and their works, in relation to the nineteenth century and the twentieth century, with a choice from an anthology of at least 50 passages and reading in the original, full version of 6 works chosen from the following pairs (any complete edition in French):

1 poem:

Blaise Cendrars, Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France or Paul Valéry, La Jeune Parque;

1 collection of prose poems:

Arthur Rimbaud, Illuminations or

André Gide, Les nourritures terrestres;

1 manifeste littéraire:

Jean Moréas, Le Symbolisme [Manifesto del Simbolismo, It. transl.]

Marinetti, Manifeste du futurisme [Manifesto del futurismo, It. transl.]

1 play:

Victor Hugo, Hernani [Ernani, It. transl.]* o

Samuel Beckett, En attendant Godot [Aspettando Godot, It. transl.];

1 tales collection:
Gustave Flaubert, Trois Contes [Tre racconti, It. transl.]* o

Marguerite Yourcenar, Nouvelles Orientales [Novelle orientali, It. transl.];

1 novel:

Marcel Proust, Du côté de chez Swann [La strada di Swann/ Un amore di Swann Dalla parte di Swann, It. transl.] o

André Gide, Les Faux-Monnayeurs [I Falsari, It. transl.];


*All those students, enrolled in ‘Lettere-L11” degree course for academic year 2019-2020, who have chosen French Literature from Pre-Romanticism to ‘Les Années folles’ as a class during their second year, can ONLY opt for this text.



Disapproval of feminine intellectuality in 19th century French literature

This course is focused on the representation of women with intellectual interests in 19th century French society: an itinerary through literary and not-literary works, that have been published throughout the century. The purpose of this course will be to unveil the prejudice toward the "corruptive" access of mothers and young ladies to reading novels, show the diffidence toward the aspirations of women who wanted to compete with men in literature and journalism, and recreate the menace with which this "improvident" vocation weighted on family stability.

Textbook Information

A. FUNDAMENTALS of French Literature (XIX-XX century)


- History of Literature

P. Brunel, Y. Bellenger, D. Couty, Ph. Sellier, M. Truffet, Histoire de la littérature française, t.2 : XIXe et XXe siècle, Bordas, Paris, pp. 385-449, 456-516, 525-563, 581-622, 666-680, 705-708, 721-730.

[P. Brunel, Y. Bellenger, D. Couty, Ph. Sellier, M. Truffet, Storia della Letteratura francese, t.2 : Ottocento e Novecento, edizione italiana a cura di Giovanni Bogliolo, Rapallo, CIDEB, 1987.

or :

Storia europea della letteratura francese, t.2. Dal Settecento all’età contemporanea, a cura di L. Sozzi, Torino, Einaudi, 2013, pp.129-347]

- Anthology of Literature

Littérature. Textes et documents, vol. IV (XIXe sec.) e vol. V (XXe sec.), collection H. Mitterand, Paris, Nathan [Antologia cronologica della letteratura francese, diretta e a cura di R. Campagnoli, Milano, Ambrosiana, 1996, voll. 5 (Ottocento) e 6 (Novecento) a cura di Liana Nissim]

- or by unifying History of Literature and Anthology:

Lagarde-Michard, Les grands auteurs français du programme, vol. V (XIXe sec.) e vol. VI (XXe sec.), Bordas, Paris

- Commentaire littéraire (for students who are not attending courses)

Daniel Bergez, L'explication de texte littéraire, Armand Colin, Collection: Lettres Sup. (or equivalent volume)


Disapproval of feminine intellectuality in 19th century French literature


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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