French literature and culture 2 [CInt] (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Riccardo Benedettini
Riccardo Benedettini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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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. The course will equally focus on deepening the interrelation existing between society, culture and literature during the twentieth century taking into consideration literary texts by canonical authors. 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 course aims to present and consider the influence of human and social sciences (especially economics, sociology and anthropology) on the knowledge of the literary and artistic object.
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Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Georges Bernanos La France contre les robots   Paris, Plon, 1970 (I ed.)
Boris Vian L’Arrache-cœur   Paris, Gallimard, 1953 (I ed.)
Boris Vian L’Écume des jours   Paris, Gallimard, 1947 (I ed.)
Raymond Queneau Les Fleurs bleues   Paris, Gallimard, 1965 (I ed.)
André Gide Retour de l’URSS   Paris, Gallimard, 1936 (I ed.)
André Gide Souvenirs de la Cour d’Assises   Paris, Gallimard, 1913 (I ed.)

Assessment methods and criteria

The evaluation will take place by verifying the knowledge of the course.
The following will be evaluated: the quality of the oral expression in French, the clarity and consistency of the argumentation, the completeness of the information and the ability to critically deepen the knowledge acquired.
Non-attending students are invited to contact the teacher for the necessary additions to the program.