French literature 1 LM. Forms, genres, and critical approaches (2020/2021)

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

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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. The course aims at presenting an in-depth critical analysis of a given theme throughout French literature. Moreover, students will be provided with the theoretical and methodological tools for the literary and linguistic analysis of the texts taken into consideration. The lessons will be held in French, with the purpose of improving the students’ linguistic level as well. At the end of the course, students shall therefore acquire overall knowledge of the history of French literature, along with critical competences and the capacity of developing in-depth and comparative analysis of the texts the course deals with. Moreover, they will be expected to be able to present the topics of the course in French.


The dynamics of intertextuality will be discussed in theoretical and methodological terms, as well as illustrated through critical readings of texts belonging to different literary periods and genres, from the XVIIth century to nowaday’s literature.

Selected methodological bibliography
Gérard Genette, Palimpsestes. La littérature au second degré, Paris, Seuil, 1982.
Nathalie Piégay-Gros, Introduction à l’intertextualité, Paris, Nathan, 2002 [Dunod, 1996].
Sophie Rabau (textes choisis et présentés par), L’intertextualité, Paris, GF Flammarion, 2002.
Thiphaine Samoyault, L’intertextualité. Mémoire de la littérature, Paris, Armand Colin, 2005 [Nathan, 2002].

This course will be entirely held in French.
A detailed program, a selection of texts and precise information concerning the exam will be given at the beginning of and during the course.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gérard Genette Palimpsestes. La littérature au second degré (Edizione 1) Seuil 1982 9782020061162

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.