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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[32/16]  TEXTS TRANSLATION [16/00 - Ord. 2008]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 30


Analysis of texts in French; comparing different authors and works; applying concepts of literary theory; assimilating critical essays.


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


Molière, Le Tartuffe and Le Misanthrope.
Comedy 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.


1. Molière, Le Tartuffe
2. Molière, Le Misanthrope
In French (for ex. Folio, Folio Théâtre, GF Flammarion, Le Livre de Poche, Pocket, ecc.).
3) one of the following handbooks:
3a. Il teatro francese del Seicento, ed. by Francesco Fiorentino, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008.
3b. 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.
4) one of the following essays:
4a. Erich Auerbach, L’ipocrita, in Id., Mimesis, Torino, Einaudi, 1956 (e successive ristampe), vol. II, pp. 117-154.
4b. Henri Bergson, Le Rire [1900], Paris, PUF, 1995; (it. transl. Il riso, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1982).
4c. 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).
4d. Francesco Orlando, Lettura freudiana del “Misanthrope”, Torino, Einaudi, 1979, also in Id., Due letture freudiane: Fedra e il Misantropo, 1990, pp. 139-326.

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