Traditional: 5 CFU
Seminars: 1 CFU
The course, through the analysis of four novels , offers a reflection on the evolution of the novel and on the metamorphosis of the representation of passion and existential distress in modern French literature.
The course aims at providing the essential critical tools for the study of narrative texts and a good knowledge of the main forms of the French nineteenth century novel.
Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course students will have acquired knowledge and understanding of themes, textual and formal features in literary texts.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
Student will be able to analyze, interpret and comment on course texts and to identify relations and interrelations between texts and contexts.
Student will be able to integrate knowledge, to form and express independent judgments in order to develop the students’ competence in approaching a literary text critically and interpretatively.
Student will be able to communicate the topics of the course clearly and by means of a suitable language and terminology.
Ability to learn course subject matters will be fostered by in-class debates.
H. de Balzac, La donna abbandonata
G. Flaubert, Madame Bovary
E. Zola, Nanà
P. Louÿs, La donna e il burattino
Didactic material provided by the Lecturer
Final oral test
Objective of the test:
The test is aimed at verifying the knowledge of the distinctive traits of the authors and the primary texts. In particular, the questions refer to the following areas: the relationship between the cultural and literary context and the author's poetics; the argumentation and discussion of literary works, analysed during the course, with regard
to the peculiarities of the literary genre and the fundamental themes; reading and analysis of extracts from the primary texts included in the program.
The questions aim to verify: the level of knowledge acquired; the ability to argue clearly, with an appropriate register and terminology.
Timing: at the end of the course.
Duration: the test will last 20/25 minutes.
Examination Vote: the final evaluation, expressed in thirtieths eventually enhanced with cum laude.
The woman in the nineteenth-century French novel: between passion and existential distress.
- Balzac between Romanticism and Realism (1 CFU);
- Flaubert’s art of the novel (2 CFU);
- Writing about passions in the naturalist novel (2 CFU);
- Passion and desire in fin de siècle fiction (1 CFU).