French Literature I (2016/2017)
The teaching is organized as follows:
According to the periodization adopted in our French literature courses (first year: from 1850 to today; second year: Eighteenth century and first half of the Nineteenth century; third year: Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries), this course introduces to French literature from 1850 to today, with in-depth analysis of some aspects, authors and works, in order to develop critical competences concerning various literary genres.
At the end of the course, students shall therefore acquire overall knowledge of the history of French literature from 1850 to today (main literary movements, authors and works), along with critical competences and the capacity of applying them to the analysis of texts belonging to different literary genres (poetry, narrative prose, essay, and theatre).
This course is divided in two parts because students attending courses that pertain to the Department of Cultures and Civilizations achieve 6 credits (part 1 of the course), whereas students attending courses that pertain to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures achieve 9 credits (part 1 and 2 of the course, the second part, which deals with contemporary literature, being conceived as the completion of the first).
This courses deals with the main literary movements and the major authors, from Baudelaire and Flaubert to contemporary French literature
Main literary history reference (for individual study also): Lionello Sozzi (a cura di), Storia europea della letteratura francese. II. Dal Settecento all’età contemporanea, Torino, Einaudi, 2013 (pp. 165-378 e pp. 413-430).
Among this year's topics:
1) a choice of poetic texts from Baudelaire to Apollinaire and the Surrealists;
2) mothers and daughters in XXth-century French prose (Colette, Simone de Beauvoir, Annie Ernaux);
3) from early XXth-century avant-garde to contemporary theatre.
A detailed program with a choice of literary and critical texts will be given at the beginning of the course.
The course is held in Italian (texts in French).
Students unable to attend the course are invited to contact the teacher.
Optional mid-term paper (students will be requested to comment on a poetic text) and oral exam (literary history: 1/3; requested full text, anthological and critical readings).