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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


Analysis of texts in French; comparing different authors and works; applying concepts of literary theory; assimilating critical essays;
writing a paper on the subject, expressing one's views on a critical basis.


General knowledge of French literature and the main trends in literary criticism , analysis of literary texts in French in their cultural contexts.


Comedy and tragedy in the historical and cultural context of 16th century classicism.

Teaching Methods

Lessons in classroom, mainly in French, with discussion on the subjects.
Due to Covid-19 emergency, lessons might be held in streaming and might be recorded in order to be available online.

Verification of learning

Oral exam in French and Italian during which the student should demonstrate
- knowing the selected works and placing them in their genres and historical and literary contexts
- knowing the main contents of the course, especially the main literary movements involved;
- using an appropriate terminology.
Students attending the course can choose to write a paper on one of the authors and/or aspects of the program. The paper will be part of the final exam.


1. Molière, Le Tartuffe
2. Molière, Le Misanthrope
3. Jean Racine, Bérénice
4. Jean Racine, Phèdre
annotated editions, in French or in translation.
5) one of the following handbooks:
5a. Il teatro francese del Seicento, ed. by Francesco Fiorentino, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008.
5b. Storia europea della letteratura francese, ed. by Lionello Sozzi, Torino, Einaudi, 2013, vol. 1, parte terza, "Il Seicento", Introduzione, pp. 239-292 and chap. II, La commedia, pp. 339-374.
6) one of the following essays:
6a. Erich Auerbach, L’ipocrita, in Id., Mimesis, Torino, Einaudi, 1956, vol. II, pp. 117-154.
6b. Henri Bergson, Le Rire [1900], Paris, PUF, 1995; (it. transl. Il riso, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1982).
6c. Fausta Garavini, La casa dei giochi. Idee e forme nel Seicento francese, Torino, Einaudi, 1980, pp. 307-323 (La lezione di Tartufo) and 341-353 (Epitaffio per Alceste).
6d. Francesco Orlando, Lettura freudiana del “Misanthrope”, Torino, Einaudi, 1979, also in Id., Due letture freudiane: Fedra e il Misantropo, 1990, pp. 139-326.
7) one of the following essays:
7a. Roland Barthes, Sur Racine, Paris, Seuil, 1963; it. transl, L’uomo raciniano, in Id., Saggi critici, Torino, Einaudi, 1972, pp. 141-248.
7b. Francesco Orlando, Lettura freudiana della “Phèdre”, Torino, Einaudi, 1971, also in Due letture freudiane: Fedra e il Misantropo, ivi, 1990, pp. 7-137.
7c. Leo Spitzer, La smorzatura classica nello stile di Racine [1931], in Id., Saggi di critica stilistica, Firenze, Sansoni, 1985, pp.95-227; fr. transl. L’effet de sourdine dans le style classique: Racine, in Id., Etudes de style, Paris, Gallimard, 1970, pp. 208-335.
7d. Leo Spitzer, Il “récit de Théramène” [1948], in Id., Critica stilistica e storia del linguaggio, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1954, also in Critica stilistica e semantica storica, ed. by Alfredo Schiaffini, ivi, 1966, pp. 148-189.

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