French literature 2 (2019/2020)

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Laura Maria Colombo
Laura Maria Colombo
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I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students' German language skills correspond to the C1 level of the CEFR. In accordance with the periodization adopted in our French literature courses (first year: from 1850 to today; second year: Eighteenth century and first half of the Nineteenth century; third year: Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries), this course introduces to French literature from 1700 to 1850. The course will focus on great authors and texts belonging to different literary genres, and will also improve the knowledge of the literary movements and of their historical, sociocultural, aesthetic contexts, including the possible relationships between the arts. A particular attention will be payed to the various and important aspects of the publishing industry during the period, as the course also addresses to the students of the Bachelor's degree in Languages and Cultures for Publishing. The course, as well as the primary and secondary bibliography, will be in French, which is intended to help students to improve their linguistic comprehension and fluency. At the end of the course, students shall therefore acquire overall knowledge of the history of French literature from 1700 to 1850 (main literary movements, authors and works), along with the capacity of applying, in French, critical and textual analysis competences to the texts presented during the course.


- Marivaux, Le jeu de l'amour et du hasard, Paris, GF Flammarion, ultima edizione.
- Voltaire, L'Ingénu, Paris, GF Flammarion, ultima edizione.
- Rousseau, Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire [choix], Paris, GF Flammarion, ultima edizione.
- Balzac, Le Chef d'oeuvre inconnu; Massimilla Doni, in Id, Le Chef d'oeuvre inconnu, Gambara, Massimilla Doni, Paris, GF Flammarion, ultima edizione.
- Delphine de Girardin, La Canne de Monsieur de Balzac, Paris, Dumont, 1836, disponibile in copisteria e su Gallica,
- Gautier, Arria Marcella, in Id., Oeuvres, és. Paolo Tortonese, Paris, Laffont, 1995, pp. 749-771.

The critical bibliography will be published at the beginning of the course.

For literary history, students can refer to (texts at biblioteca Frinzi):
- P. Brunel et. al., Histoire de la littérature française, Paris, Bordas, 2001, t. 1 et 2.
- Littérature : Textes et Documents, sous la direction de Henri Mitterand, Paris, Nathan, 1986-1987, XVIIIe et XIXe siècles;

Program will be completed with short texts or DVD, and the notes of the lessons are part of the program. All clarifications on e-learning, at the end of the course.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gautier, Théophile Arria Marcella Laffont   In Th, Gautier, Oeuvres, éd. Paolo Tortonese, Paris, Laffont, 1995, pp. 749-771.
Girardin, Delphine de La Canne de M. de Balzac Dumont 1836 Disponibile su Gallica,
Balzac, Honoré de Le chef d'oeuvre inconnu, [Gambara], Massimilla Doni GF Flammarion  
Marivaux Le jeu de l'amour et du hasard GF Flammarion  
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire GF Flammarion   2081275260
Voltaire L'ingénu GF Flammarion 2009 9782081415973

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination, in French. Students will have to know the great themes of the course and to contextualize and analyze the texts.