28847 - French Literature II (First Language) L

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Academic Year 2020/2021

Course contents

The course will focus on the  analysis of the detective genre in contemporary literature and cinema in frech language; in particular, it will follow the history of this particular genre, analze its variants in French and Francophone area and the different sub-genres in which can be divided and his recurring elements.The course also aims to teach students how to analyze literary texts,


Georges Simenon, La nuit du carrefour, Paris, 1932 (+ film)

Didier Daeninckx, Meutres pour mémoire,

Thierry Jonquet, La vie de ma mère; Paris, Gallimard, 1994 (+BD

Fred Vargas, L'homme aux cercles bleus, Paris (+film)

Jean Patrick Rufin, Le suspendu de Conakry,

Joel Dicker, La vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Québert, 2012. (+ série)

Franck Evrard, Lire le roman policier, Paris, Dunod, 1996 e seguenti

Yves Reuter, Le roman policier, Paris, Colin, 2007

Jacques Dubois, Le roman policier ou la modernité, Paris, Colin, 2005

Annie Collovald et Eric Neveu, Lire le noir, Rennes, PUR, 2013

Teaching methods

Attendance and participation are highly encouraged. Some lectures will be followed by class discussion. You are required to read the assigned readings in advance.

Students are required to enroll in the course on the e-learning page.

Assessment methods

The final exam will be oral.

Grading Scale

30-30L: The candidate possesses an in-depth knowledge of the topic, an outstanding ability to apply theoretical concepts, a high level of argumentative clarity, as well as excellent analytical skills, and a well-developed ability to synthesize and establish interdisciplinary connections.

27–29: The candidate possesses an in-depth knowledge of the topic, a sound ability to apply theoretical concepts, good analytical skills, clear argumentative clarity and an ability to synthesize.

24-26: The candidate possesses a fair knowledge of the topic, a reasonable ability to apply theoretical concepts correctly and present ideas clearly.

21-23: The candidate possesses an adequate, but not in-depth, knowledge of the topic, a partial ability to apply theoretical concepts, and acceptable presentation skills.

18-20: The candidate possesses a barely adequate and only superficial knowledge of topic, limited presentation skills, and only an inconsistent ability to apply theoretical concepts.

< 18 Fail: The candidate possesses an inadequate knowledge of the topic, makes significant errors in applying theoretical concepts, and shows weak presentation skills.


Teaching tools

Teaching tools

Photocopies and material available on the e-learning page.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Licia Reggiani