Francophone literatures and cultures (2020/2021)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PARTE I 6 L-LIN/03-FRENCH LITERATURE I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) Riccardo Benedettini
PARTE II 3 L-LIN/03-FRENCH LITERATURE I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) Riccardo Benedettini

Learning outcomes

In accordance with the literary and cultural specificity of this course, addressed to the Bachelor's degree in Languages and Cultures for Tourism and International Commerce students, but also to the Bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures students, the lessons will introduce to the fundamental topics of francophone literatures, between identity and alterity, tradition and stylistic and thematic innovations. The first part, which will also give 6 CFU to the students of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will present the fundamental topics and works, even at a critical and literary level. The second part will focus in particular on the poetics of travel and nature. 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 fundamental topics and contexts, as well as the capacity of applying, in French, critical and textual analysis competences to the texts presented during the course.

Syllabus

The course aims to present a corpus of major works from the literature of French-speaking Switzerland. Focused mainly on the 20th and 21st centuries, the course must allow students to explore the production of some of the main French-speaking writers in Switzerland and to inquire about their specific situation.
Further material will be uploaded to the Moodle platform.

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.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Charles Albert Cingria Ce pays qui est une vallée   Testo contenuto in Oeuvres complètes, Lausanne, L'Age d'Homme, 1967-1981, tome III, pp. 117-134
Charles Ferdinand Ramuz Derborence   Paris, Grasset, 1934 (I ed.)
Charles Albert Cingria Impressions d’un passant à Lausanne   Testo contenuto in Oeuvres complètes, Lausanne, L'Age d'Homme, 1967-1981, tome III, pp. 9-66
Charles Albert Cingria Italia et natura   Testo contenuto in Oeuvres complètes, Lausanne, L'Age d'Homme, 1967-1981, tome III, pp. 166-169
Charles Albert Cingria La fourmi rouge   Oeuvres complètes, Lausanne, L'Age d'Homme, 1967-1981, tome III, pp. 105-116
Charles Ferdinand Ramuz La Grande Peur dans la montagne   Paris, Grasset, 1926 (I ed)
Agota Kristof Le monstre et autres pièces   Paris, Seuil, 2007 (I ed.)
Charles Albert Cingria Le Nordisme et Le Nord   Testo contenuto in Oeuvres complètes, Lausanne, L'Age d'Homme, 1967-1981, tome II, pp. 233-243
Nicolas Bouvier Le Poisson-Scorpion   Paris, Gallimard, 1982 (I ed)
Jacques Chessex Portrait des Vaudois   Labor Actes Sud, 1976 (I ed.)