French Literature (2019/2020)

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Rosanna Gorris
Rosanna Gorris
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II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

In the context of the theoretic and critical investigation of French literary studies provided in the two-year master’s degree program, this course aims at developing both historical and methodological competences with a special focus on the literature of Francophone countries and of exiled authors, on diasporic literature, and on the richness of the cultural and linguistic expression that defines such literatures. The course aims to initiate stu-dents to an in-depth and critical study of some Franco-phone writers “venus d’ailleurs”, who came from different European and non-European countries and intended to change them radically by means of a new language. Moreover, the professor intends to provide students with all the theoretical and methodological tools for the literary and linguistic analysis of the proposed texts. The lessons will be held in French, in order to improve the students’ linguistic level as well. The courses will consist in lectures and seminars. Remedial courses will be organised as well.
At the end of the course, students shall therefore acquire overall knowledge of Francophone literature, along with critical competences and the capacity of applying them to the comparative analysis of texts belonging to different literary genres (poetry, narrative prose, essay, and theatre). Moreover, they will be expected to be able to present the topics of the course in French.


Lumières d’Orient : regards croisés entre Orient et Occident


Nancy HUSTON, Lèvres de pierre, Arles, Actes Sud, 2018

Ananda DEVI, Manger l'autre, Paris, Grasset, 2018

Tahar Ben JELLOUN, Le Bonheur conjugal, « Folio », n. 5688, Paris, Gallimard, 2012

Ying CHEN, Blessures, Montréal, Boréal, 2016

** Critical Texts

Jean-Louis Joubert, avec la collaboration de Jean-Irénée Ramiandrasoa, Littératures de l'océan Indien, Agence universitaire de la francophonie, EDICEF, Paris, Vanves, 1991 (peut être téléchargée sur le site de l'Agence universitaire de la Francophonie à l'adresse suivante :

Serge Meitinger et J.-C. Carpanin-Marimoutou (textes réunis et présentés par), Océan Indien, Paris, Omnibus, 1998, XX-1096 pp.

Anna Lapetina, La partitura silenziosa: femminile e ipotesto musicale nei romanzi di Nancy Huston, Ariccia, Aracne editrice, 2015

P. Ndemby Mamfoumby, Le roman et son ombre: étude et caractérisation du récit chez Henry Bauchau et Nancy Huston : essai sur la théorie du double dans les textes littéraires, Paris, Éditions Bergame, 2017

Ashwiny O. Kistnareddy, Locating hybridity: Creole, identities and body politics in the novels of Ananda Devi, Bern, Peter Lang, 2015

Huda El Kadiki, Tahar Ben Jelloun au carrefour de l'Orient et de l'Occident, Tours, Université François-Rabelais, 2014

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam, in French, based on the texts analysed during the course. The assessment will be based on the following criteria: quality of oral expression in French, clarity and consistency of the argumentation, completeness of the information and ability to think critically.

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