Francophone literatures and cultures (2017/2018)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PARTE I 6 L-LIN/03-FRENCH LITERATURE Semester 1 Laura Maria Colombo
PARTE II 3 L-LIN/03-FRENCH LITERATURE Semester 1 Rosanna Gorris

Learning outcomes

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PARTE I
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The "roots" of Francophone literatures in Belgium and Africa.
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PARTE II
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The course aims to initiate students to an in-depth and critical study of some Francophone female writers “venues d’ailleurs”, who came from different European and non-European countries (Maghreb, Spain) or who were born in Francophone countries locked up in their literary traditions (Switzerland, Québec …) and intended to change them radically by means of a new and aggressive language. Moreover, the professor intends to provide students with all the theoretical and methodological tools for the literary and linguistic analysis of the proposed texts. The lessons will be held in French, in order to improve the students’ linguistic level as well.

Syllabus

PARTE I

Charles de Coster, La Légende d'Ulenspiegel, Livre I, Bruxelles, Espace nord, ultima edizione
Ahmadou Kourouma, Les Soleils des indépendances, Paris, Le Seuil «Points», ultima edizione
Mariama Bâ, Une si longue lettre, Paris, Le Serpent à plumes, ultima edizione

Critical bibliography (following the teacher's suggestions during the course):

QUAGHEBEUR, Marc, « L’invention en français d’une forme non-française : De Coster et La Légende d’Ulenspiegel », in Letterature di Frontiera/Littératures Frontalières, n. 2, Juillet-Déc. 1992, p. 65-75.
KLINKENBERG, Jean-Marie, Style et archaïsme dans La Légende d’Ulenspiegel de Charles de Coster, Bruxelles, Palais des académies, 1973 (pagine indicate durante il corso) ;
SARTRE, J.-P. , Orphée noir, in SENGHOR, L.S., Anthologie de la poésie nègre et malgache de langue fraènçaise, Paris, PUF, 1969 (pp. VII-XII) ;
BORGOMANO, Madeleine, Ahmadou Kourouma : le guerrier-griot, Paris, L’Harmattan, 1998 (pagine indicate durante il corso);
VOISIN, Patrick (dir.), Ahmadou Kourouma, entre poétique romanesque et littérature politique, Paris, Garnier, 2015 (pagine indicate durante il corso) ;
CHOSSAT, M., Ernaux, Redonnet, Bâ et Ben Jelloun : le personnage féminin à l’aube du XXIe siècle, New-York, Lang, 2002, pp. 97-133 (pagine indicate durante il corso) ;
JOSEPH, George, Centralité excentrique : la maison comme non-lieu dans Une si longue lettre de Mariama Bâ, in Emerging perspectives on Mariama Bâ : Postcolonialism, Feminism, and Postmodernism, Trenton (NJ), Africa World, 2003, pp. 351-376.

All the critical texts will be uploaded to e-learning.

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PARTE II
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The course will focus on the novels of three Francophone female writers “venues d’ailleurs”, who came from different European and non-European countries (Maghreb, Spain) or who were born in Francophone countries locked up in their literary traditions (Switzerland, Québec …) and intended to change them radically by means of a new and aggressive language:

- Lydie Salvayre
- Noëlle Revaz
- Leïla Slimani

Texts

Lydie SALVAYRE, Pas pleurer, Paris, Seuil, 2014
Noëlle REVAZ, Rapport aux bêtes, Paris, Gallimard, « Folio », 2009
Leïla SLIMANI, Chanson douce, Paris, Gallimard, 2016

Critical texts

Brigitte LOUICHON, « Lydie Salvayre : parler au nom d'Olympe », Nouvelles écrivaines : nouvelles voix ?, Rodopi, coll. « Faux titre », 2002

Marianne GROSJEAN, Lydie Salvayre injecte de la joie libertaire dans l’horreur franquiste , “Tribune de Genève”,‎ 4 novembre 2014

Publications de et sur Noëlle Revaz [archive] dans le catalogue Helveticat de la Bibliothèque nationale suisse:
http://www.helveticat.ch/search/query?term_1=No%C3%ABlle+Revaz&locale=fr_CH&theme=Helveticat

Assessment methods and criteria

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PARTE I
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Oral examination, in French. Students will have to know the great themes of the course and to contextualize and analyze the texts.
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PARTE II
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Oral exam, in French, based on the texts analysed during the course. The program, bibliography and exams are the same for all students, including non-attendants.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Leïla Slimani Chanson douce Gallimard 2016
kourouma, ahmadou Les Soleils des indépendances Le Seuil «Points»  
Lydie Salvayre Pas pleurer Seuil 2014
Noëlle Revaz Rapport aux bêtes Gallimard 2009
Ba, Mariama Une si longue lettre Serpent à plumes