French literature and culture 1 (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Stefano Genetti
Stefano Genetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 15, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course introduces to some voices and aspects of modern and contemporary French literature in order to develop critical readings of relevant literary texts in relation to social, economic and artistic changes in the recent history of French culture. At the end of this course, students shall therefore acquire knowledge in French cultural history, along with the ability of applying such knowledge to critical readings of relevant literary texts concerning the identitarian, relational, historical, cultural, social and ecomonical issues the course deals with.


Present-day trends in French narrative

Besides presenting a critical overview concerning the main trends in contemporary French narrative, this course will provide close readings of texts dealing with present-day identitarian, relational, historical, cultural and social issues.

A detailed program with bibliographical information, as well as a selection of literary and critical texts, will be given at the beginning and during the course.

Students shall achieve overall knowledge concerning the main contemporary trends in French narrative, along with the ability to comment on all the literary texts with regard to the themes the course deals with.
The study of two literary works among those discussed during the course, is compulsory.

The course, as well as the final oral exam, are in Italian. All texts must be in French.

Select bibliography
Gerald Prince, Guide du roman de langue française (1951-2000), Paris, Vérone, 2019.
Dominique Rabaté, Le roman français depuis 1900, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1998.
Gianfranco Rubino (a cura di), Il romanzo francese contemporaneo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2012.
Dominique Viart, Bruno Vercier, La littérature française au present. Héritage, modernité, mutations, Paris, Bordas, 2005.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gianfranco Rubino (a cura di) Il romanzo francese contemporeano Laterza 2012

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.