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 and synthesis 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 (XIX-XX century)

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 poems in prose:

Arthur Rimbaud, Illuminations or

André Gide, Les nourritures terrestres;

1 play:

Jean Giraudoux, Electre [Elettra, it. transl.] o

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

1 recueil de contes:

Gustave Flaubert, Trois Contes [Tre racconti, it. transl.] o

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

1 Roman:

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.];

1 Roman philosophique:

Albert Camus, L’Etranger [Lo Straniero, it. transl.] o Jean-Paul Sartre, La Nausée [La Nausea, it. transl.]


B. In depth-analysis

Women's writing in France from the French Revolution to the present day

The course aims to reconstruct the nature and evolution of the figure of the woman writer, from the Napoleonic salons of talk and politics, 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 (XIX-XX century)





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)


B. IN DEPTH-ANALYSIS: Women's writing in France from the French Revolution to the present day


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