French literature and culture 2 [CInt] (2019/2020)

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Riccardo Benedettini
Riccardo Benedettini
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I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

In accordance with the specificities of the course of study, lessons aim at providing an introductory knowledge of French history and culture via the presentation of the French capital’s socio-historical and urbanistic development. The course will equally focus on deepening the interrelation existing between society, culture and literature during a part of the modern era (late Eighteenth-Nineteenth century) taking into consideration literary texts by canonical authors related to the main subject chosen. Lessons will be held in French. The critical bibliography is also in foreign language. This will contribute to improve students' language skills. At the end of the lessons, students will acquire socio-cultural, historical and literary knowledge specific to the chosen tourist and commercial orientation. They will also demonstrate that they can apply, in an autonomous way and in a foreign language, the acquired knowledge to the analysis of literary texts concerning the central subject of the course (the literary representation of the French capital).


« – C’est chouette, les surplus américains !» The myth of the new things of the world
Blaise Cendrars, Moravagine, Paris, Grasset, 1926
Raymond Queneau, Zazie dans le métro, Paris, Gallimard, 1959
Georges Perec, Les Choses, Paris, Julliard, 1965

Michèle Touret, «À travers le monde, à travers les modèles ?», in Blaise Cendrars, 6, «Sous le signe de Moravagine», textes réunis et présentés par Jean-Carlo Flückiger et Claude Leroy, Caen, Lettres Modernes Minard, 2006, pp. 163-182
Roland Barthes, «Zazie et la littérature», in Essais critiques, Paris, Seuil, 1959, pp. 129-135
Andrea Pasquino, Raymond Queneau, Reggio Emilia, edizioni Diabasis, 1996, pp. 113-131
Maxime Decout, «Les ruses du lieu», in Cahiers Georges Perec, 12, «Espèces d’espaces perecquiens», travaux réunis et présentés par Danielle Constantin, Jean-Luc Joly et Christelle Reggiani, Bègles, Le Castor Astral, 2015, pp. 103-114
Florence de Chalonge, «L’espace, l’action et l’histoire: Les choses et Un homme qui dort», ivi, pp. 143-153
Paolo Tamassia, Il Novecento, in Storia europea della letteratura francese, a cura di L. Sozzi, vol. II, Dal Settecento all’età contemporanea, Torino, Einaudi, 2013, pp. 235-409
ou bien:
La littérature française: dynamique & histoire II, sous la direction de Jean-Yves Tadié, Paris, Gallimard, 2007, (XXe siècle).

Further indications can be provided during the course and uploaded on the e-learning platform.
Non-attending students are invited to contact the teacher for the necessary additions to the program.

Assessment methods and criteria

The evaluation will take place through oral assessment of the knowledge related to the course.
The following will be evaluated: the quality of oral expression in French, the clarity and consistency of the argument, the completeness of the information and the ability to critically investigate the acquired knowledge.
Non-attending students are invited to contact the teacher for the necessary additions to the program.