L-LIN/03 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

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

Detailed Course Content

A. FUNDAMENTALS of French Literature (XVI-XVII-XVIII 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 the following 6 works (any complete edition in French):

Racine, Phèdre

Molière, Le Tartuffe

Marivaux, Jeu de l’Amour et du Hasard

Denis Diderot, Jacques le Fataliste

Voltaire, Candide



Women’writing in France from Middle Ages to Modern Age

The course aims to reconstruct the nature and evolution of the figure of the woman writer, from the Medieval courts to the salons of the age of Enlightenment, investigating the representation of the body and life of women and studying at the same time, the relation between women and power and the hypothesis of a specific recognition of women's writing.

Textbook Information

A. FUNDAMENTALS of French Literature (XVI-XVII-XVIII century)



P. Brunel, Histoire de la littérature française, t.1 : Du moyen Age au XVIIIe siècle, Bordas, Paris.


Giovanni Macchia, La letteratura francese. tomo I: Dal tramonto del Medioevo al Rinascimento, tomo II: Dal Rinascimento al Classicismo e tomo III: Dall’Illuminismo al Romanticismo (only the first part, about Enlightnement) Sansoni/Accademia;


Littérature. Textes et documents, vol. I (MoyenAge et XVIe sec.) vol. II (XVIIe sec.) e vol. III (XVIIIe sec.), collection H.Mitterand, Paris, Nathan


Lagarde-Michard, Les grands auteurs français du programme, vol. II (XVIe sec.), III (XVIIe sec.) e vol. IV (XVIIIe sec.), Bordas, Paris

- TEXT ANALYSIS (for students who are not attending courses)

Catherine Fromilhague, Anne Sancier-Chateau, Introduction à l'analyse stylistique, Armand Colin, Collection: Lettres Sup. (or equivalent volume)


Women’writing in France from Middle Ages to Modern Age


Les femmes et la tradition littéraire. Anthologie du Moyen Âge à nos jours, Première partie: XIIe-XVIIIe siècles (Vicki Mistacco éd.), New Haven et Londres, Yale University Press, 2005, 608p (chosen passages: the list will be published on Studium platform)

Michelle Perrot et Georges Duby, Histoire des femmes en Occident, Volume 3° : XVIème-XVIIIème siècles, Paris, Perrin, 2002 (chapters : I, II, III and XII)

Madame de La Fayette, La Princesse de Clèves (any complete edition in French with commentary)

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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