29062 - French Literature (LM)

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  • Teacher Anna Soncini

  • Credits 12

  • SSD L-LIN/03

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language French

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to analyse a French literary text, by making reference to the theory of the text and by developing his awareness concerning the workings of the textual production within one of the main tradition of the European culture. He will improve, as far as possible, his knowledge of the relationship between general literature and particular literature, as well as his own stylistic skills.

Course contents

Europe seen by writers.

The course aims to analyze the relationship with the French writers and Europe, and in this way, it aims to reach the understanding of several current problems.


Analysis of two texts (6 ECTS); three texts (9 ECTS); four texts (12 ECTS) among:

Maurice Maeterlinck, Le bourgmestre de Stilmonde (disponible sur le net)

Paul Claudel, La nuit de Noel (disponible sur le net)

Paul Claudel, Le soulier de satin (disponible sur le net)

Jules Romain, Europe, (disponible sur le net )

Yvan Goll, A bas l’Europe, Paris, Emile-Paul Frères, 1928

Romain Gary, Europe, Paris, Gallimard, 1972 (Folio 2016)

René Kalisky, Europa, in "Alternatives Theatrales" n.os 29 - 30, 1988

Andrei Makine, Le testament français, Paris, Mercure de France, 1995

Bernard Henri Levy, Hôtel Europa, Paris, Grasset, 2014

Olivier Barrot, Mitteleuropa, Paris, Gallimard, 2015


Critical texts for students « frequentanti » : the class program

Critial textes for « non frequentanti » students (two of them, among):

André Gide, Incidences, Paris, Gallimard, 1924

Antonin Artaud, Messages révolutionnaires, Paris, Folio, 1998, disponible en format numérique

Paul Valéry, Variété, Paris, Gallimard, 1924, disponible sur le net (Gallica)

+ French Literary History concerning the Writers choosen


Teaching methods

The teaching methods will concern the literary history and the textual analysis.


Several professors coming from other universities will participate in the course.

Assessment methods

Oral exam.

Office hours

See the website of Anna Soncini