21810359 - CULTURE IN FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES

The course is offered to students who have at least an elementary knowledge of the language. It focuses on the familiarization with authors and texts belonging to the modern and contemporary French and Francophone literary field. In particular, the analysis of significant works in the original language will allow to develop the ability to understand aspects and dynamics relating to politics, society and the economy of France and the French-speaking world from the nineteenth century to today.
Expected learning outcomes: students will develop their basic language skills and will be able to rework disciplinary elements and themes in an intercultural context.

SPANDRI FRANCESCO

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Programme

The course is offered to all students.

It will focus on: “Literature, economy and society in France after the Revolution of 1848”.

The course will tackle these topics through the analysis of Émile Zola's novel “L’Assommoir” (1877).

Core Documentation

1) Zola, “L’Assommoir”, introduction, notes et commentaires de Jacques Dubois, Paris, Le Livre de Poche, 1996 (or any other paperback French edition)

2) Zola, “Le roman expérimental”, dans Le roman expérimental, présentation par François-Marie Mourad, Paris, Flammarion, 2006 (available from Moodle platform or copy shop Appunti, via Chiabrera 174)

3) “Il romanzo francese dell’Ottocento”, Anna Maria Scaiola, ed., Bari, Laterza, 2008, chapter V (available from Moodle platform or copy shop Appunti, via Chiabrera 174)

4) “Les Constitutions de la France depuis 1789”, présentation par Jacques Godechot, édition corrigée et mise à jour par Hervé Faupin, Paris, Flammarion, coll. GF, 2006, chapters IX, X, XI (available from Moodle platform or copy shop Appunti, via Chiabrera 174)

5) Jacques Dubois, "Émile Zola", in "Les romanciers du réel", Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 2000 (available from Moodle platform or copy shop Appunti, via Chiabrera 174)

Grammar Texts (optional):
1) Michèle Boulares, Jean-Louis Frerot, “Grammaire progressive du français” (niveau avancé), Paris, Clé International, 2012
Or
2) Dominique Berger, Anne Charlotte Signoret, Nerina Spicacci, “Savoir-dire, savoir-faire” (niveaux B1/B2), Bologna, Zanichelli 2008

Zola's novel and grammar texts are available from: Feltrinelli Bookstore, Via V. E. Orlando, 78/81 Roma.


Reference Bibliography

No additional readings are required.

Type of delivery of the course

Lessons (held on site) in french language.

Attendance

Attendance is optional.

Type of evaluation

Written exam in May or oral exam (in the following sessions).