French literature and culture 1 (2019/2020)

Course code
4S002900
Name of lecturer
Stefano Genetti
Coordinator
Stefano Genetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-LIN/03 - FRENCH LITERATURE
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course introduces to some voices and aspects of modern and contemporary French literature in order to develop critical readings of relevant literary texts in relation to social, economic and artistic changes in the recent history of French culture. At the end of this course, students shall therefore acquire knowledge in French cultural history, along with the ability of applying such knowledge to critical readings of relevant literary texts concerning the identitarian, relational, historical, cultural, social and ecomonical issues the course deals with.

Syllabus

Literary wanderings through Paris

Besides providing historical, cultural and artistic information concerning the French capital and Paris as a literary myth, this course deals with the emergence of the figure of the flâneur and with the fortune of the literary wanderings through the city in the XIXth and XXth centuries.
Selected readings shall illustrate the following topics:
- historical, topographical and artistic overview;
- Haussmann and the capital of the XIXth century;
- Paris as a literary myth and the figure of the flâneur in a socio-cultural and artistic perspective;
- towards a poetics of the balade littéraire (XIXth-XXth centuries)
- philosophical wanderings through the city;
- Surrealist Paris, the home of the avant-garde;
- lyrical, narrative, autobiographical, encyclopedic, and journalistic variations.

A detailed program with bibliographical information, as well as a selection of literary and critical texts, will be given at the beginning of the course (photocopies and e-learning).

Students shall achieve overall knowledge concerning the history of Paris, along with the ability to comment on all the literary texts with regard to the themes the course deals with.
The study of a Paris travel guide and the full-length reading of one of the literary works discussed during the course, are compulsory.

Students attending the course will be given access to a mid-term paper (1/2 of the final evaluation).
Students unable to attend the course are requested to contact the teacher (e-mail and office hours).

The course, as well as the mid-term paper and the final oral exam, are in Italian. All texts must be in French.
Further instructions, concerning both the mid-term paper and the oral exam, will be given during the course.

Select Bibliography
Marie-Claire Bancquart, Paris des Surréalistes, Paris, Éditions de la Différence, 2004; Paris dans la littérature française après 1945, Paris, Éditions de la Différence, 2006.
Jacques Barozzi, Littératures parisiennes, Paris, Hervas, 1997.
Walter Benjamin, Angelus Novus. Saggi e frammenti, Torino, Einaudi, 1995; Opere complete IX. I “passages” di Parigi, Torino, Einaudi, 2000.
Jean-Pierre Arthur Bernard (textes réunis et présentés par), Le goût de Paris, Paris, Mercure de France, 2004.
Yves Bonnefoy, Le poète et “le flot mouvant des multitudes”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 2003.
Jean-Paul Caracalla, Vagabondages littéraires dans Paris, Paris, La Table Ronde, 2003.
Jean Colson, Paris des origines à nos jours, Paris, Hervas, 2001.
Éric Hazan, L’invention de Paris. Il n’y a pas de pas perdus, Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 2002.
Giovanni Macchia, Il mito di Parigi, Torino, Einaudi, 1995; Le rovine di Parigi, Milano, Mondadori, 1995.
Patrice De Moncan, Le Paris d’Haussmann, Paris, Éditions du Mécène, 2009.
Giampaolo Nuvolati, Lo sguardo vagabondo. Il flâneur e la città da Baudelaire ai postmoderni, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006; L’interpretazione dei luoghi. Flânerie come esperienza di vita, Firenze, Firenze University Press, 2013.
Christine Queralt, Dimonique Vidal, Promenades historiques dans Paris, Paris, Liana Levi, 2004.
Karlheiz Stierle, La capitale des signes. Paris et son discours, préface de Jean Starobinski, Paris, Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme, 2001.
Pascal Varejka, Paris. Brève histoire de la capitale, Paris, Parigramme, 2000.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Yvan Combeau Histoire de Paris (Edizione 9) Presses Universitaires de France 2016 9782130515029
Alain Tillier Paris Hachette 2014 9782012436367 Guides Voir

Assessment methods and criteria

For students attending the course who choose to present their mid-term paper, the final evaluation will be the result of:
a) mid-term paper (1/2 of the evaluation);
b) oral exam (1/2 of the evaluation).
For students unable to attend the course, the complete program will be discussed during the oral exam.