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

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Name of lecturer
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).


«Le mal du pays». The journey, a culture project

André Gide, Voyage au Congo, Paris, Gallimard, 1927
Blaise Cendrars, Bourlinguer, Paris, Denoël, 1948
Raymond Queneau, On est toujours trop bon avec les femmes, Paris, Gallimard, 1962

Pierre Masson, «Identité du colonisé. Gide et l’Arabe», in Gide ou l’identité en question, sous la direction de Jean-Michel Wittmann, Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2017, pp. 275-286
Frank Lestringant, André Gide l’inquiéteur, tome II, Paris, Flammarion, 2012, pp. 267-400
Jean Bessière, «L’Amérique, chambre claire», in Blaise Cendrars, 2, «Cendrars et l’Amérique», textes réunis par Monique Chefdor, Paris, Lettres Modernes Minard, 1989, pp. 9-25
Riccardo Benedettini, «Alcune osservazioni su un modello di storia irlandese nelle Œuvres complètes de Sally Mara di Raymond Queneau», in Il Confronto letterario. Quaderni di letterature straniere moderne e comparate dell’Università di Pavia, n. 56, fasc. II - anno XXVIII, Como-Pavia, Ibis editore, 2011, pp. 343-359
Paolo Tamassia, Il Novecento, in Storia europea della letteratura francese, a cura di L. Sozzi, vol. II, Dal Settecento all’età contemporanea, Torino, Einaudi, coll. PBE, 2013, pp. 235-409
ou bien:
La littérature française: dynamique & histoire II, sous la direction de Jean-Yves Tadié, Paris, Gallimard, 2007, (XXe siècle).

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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.