French literature 1 (2019/2020)

Course code
4S008343
Name of lecturer
Stefano Genetti
Coordinator
Stefano Genetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Other available courses
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

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 1850 to today, with in-depth analysis of some aspects, authors and works, in order to develop critical competences concerning various literary genres.As for the course that pertains to the Department of Cultures and Civilizations (Laurea in Lettere), the historical insights and critical perspectives offered by this course in the field of French literary culture from 1850 to today are useful tools for the comparative study of French literature in the European context. At the end of the course, students shall therefore acquire overall knowledge of the history of French literature from 1850 to today (main literary movements, authors and works), along with critical competences and the ability of applying them to the comparative analysis of texts belonging to different literary genres (poetry, narrative prose, essay, and theatre). This course is divided in two parts because students attending the course that pertains to the Department of Cultures and Civilizations (Lettere) achieve 6 credits (part 1 of the course), whereas students attending courses that pertain to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (Lingue e letterature straniere, Lingue e culture per l’editoria) achieve 9 credits (part 1 and 2 of the course, the second part, which deals with contemporary literature, being conceived as the completion of the first).

Syllabus

Part 1
An outline of the history of French literature and publishing from 1850 to the end of the Second World War with in-depth analysis of some emblematic aspects, authors and works, and a critical introduction to the study of texts belonging to different literary genres:
a. poetry, from Baudelaire to early XXth-Century avant-garde movements;
b1. narrative prose, from Flaubert to Zola and Huysmans;
b2. the novel, from early XXth century to the end of the Second World War;
c. the theatre, from late XIXth century to the end of the Second World War;
The reading of two entire literary works in French, among those presented during the course, is compulsory. Only students attending the course which pertains to the Department of Cultures and Civilizations (Lettere) may read the two chosen books in the Italian translation.
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 attending the course will be given access to a mid-term paper (1/3 of the final evaluation): students will be required to comment on one of the literary excerpts discussed during the course (literary context and genre, thematic and stylistic analysis).
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 (literary excerpts and extended readings) must be in French, except the two books that, as already mentioned, only students attending the course which pertains to the Department of Cultures and Civilizations (Lettere) may choose to read in Italian.
Further instructions, concerning both the mid-term paper and the oral exam, will be given during the course.
Select bibliography
Paul Aron, Denis Saint-Jacques et Alain Viala, Le dictionnaire du littéraire, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 2002.
Éric Bordas, Claire Barel-Moisan, Gilles Bonnet, Aude Déruelle et Christine Marcandier, L’analyse littéraire, 2e édition, Paris, Armand Colin, 2015.
Jean-Yves Mollier, Une autre histoire de l’édition française, Paris, La Fabrique Editions, 2015.
Lionello Sozzi (a cura di), Storia europea della letteratura francese. II. Dal Settecento all’età contemporanea, Torino, Einaudi, 2013.
Sandra Teroni (a cura di), Il romanzo francese del Novecento, Roma/Bari, Laterza, 2008.
Anne Ubersfeld, Les termes clés de l’analyse du théâtre, Paris, Seuil, 1996.
Alain Vaillant, La poésie. Initiation aux méthodes d’analyse des textes poétiques, Paris, Nathan, 1992.
Part 2
An outline of contemporary French literature from the end of the Second World War to today, with particular regard to nowaday’s theatrical trends and to the developments and interactions of narrative prose and essayism:
a. from the ‘nouveau théâtre’ to contemporary theatre;
b. from the ‘nouveau roman’ to contemporary narrative prose.
The reading of one entire literary work in French, among those presented during the course, is compulsory.
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.
Students unable to attend the course are requested to contact the teacher (e-mail and office hours).
The course and the final oral exam are in Italian. All texts (literary excerpts and extended readings) must be in French.
Further instructions concerning the oral exam will be given during the course.

Select bibliography
Paul Aron, Denis Saint-Jacques et Alain Viala, Le dictionnaire du littéraire, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 2002.
Éric Bordas, Claire Barel-Moisan, Gilles Bonnet, Aude Déruelle et Christine Marcandier, L’analyse littéraire, 2e édition, Paris, Armand Colin, 2015.
Joseph Danan, Entre théâtre et performance: la question du texte, Arles Actes Sud, 2013.
Jean-Yves Mollier, Une autre histoire de l’édition française, Paris, La Fabrique Editions, 2015.
Gianfranco Rubino (a cura di), Il romanzo francese contemporaneo, Roma/Bari, Laterza, 2012.
Lionello Sozzi (a cura di), Storia europea della letteratura francese. II. Dal Settecento all’età contemporanea, Torino, Einaudi, 2013.
Dominique Viart et Bruno Vercier, La littérature française au présent. Héritage, modernité, mutations, Paris, Bordas, 2005.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lionello Sozzi (a cura di) Storia europea della letteratura francese Einaudi 2013

Assessment methods and criteria

Part 1
It must be remembered that this course is divided in two parts because students attending the course that pertains to the Department of Cultures and Civilizations (Lettere) achieve 6 credits (part 1 of the course), whereas students attending courses that pertain to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (Lingue e letterature straniere; Lingue e culture per l’editoria) achieve 9 credits (part 1 and 2 of the course, the second part being conceived as the completion of the first).
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 (1/3 of the evaluation);
b) oral exam (2/3 of the evaluation).
For students unable to attend the course, the complete program will be discussed during the oral exam exam.

Part 2
Since part 2 of the course is conceived as the completion of part 1 and that the exam concerns the program as a whole, 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 concerning part 1 of the program (1/3 of the evaluation);
b) oral exam (history of literature, 2/3 of the evaluation).
For students unable to attend the course, the complete program will be discussed during the oral exam exam.