cod. 15016

Academic year 2017/18
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Letteratura francese (L-LIN/03)
Letterature straniere
Type of training activity
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

Through the course, students will obtain the ability to collocate the texts analyzes in the literary, historical and cultural West Indies context of XXth century.Students will be encouraged to think about the role that this literature called "minor" plays into the broader landscape of Francophone literature.


Good knowledge of french. B2+

Course unit content

Birth and development of a literature.

Through the study of the three major literary movements that have occurred in the West Indies during the twentieth century, the course aims to investigate the stages and the mode of formation of a literature written in the French language outside the borders of the hexagon. We will analyze in particular texts by Aimé Césaire, Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau.

Full programme

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Aimé Césaire, Cahier d'un retour au pays natal.
Edouard Glissant, Le Quatrième Siècle.
Patrick Chamoiseau, Solibo Magnifique.

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures, during wich the presentation of histirical and literary contents will be supplemented by commentary and analysis of extracts from texts. The Elly Platform will be used in order to make available critical materials to enable students to carry out personal investigations of the course contents.

Assessment methods and criteria

The knowledge acquired during the course will be assessed through an oral exam in french. The following knowledge and skills will be assessed: knowledge about authors and works covered in the course and their accurate insetion into cultural context; the ability to express content in correct french; an adequate level in the ability to analyze and rework the basic contents in an autonomous way.
A fail determined by the absense, demonstrated by the student during the oral examination, of the ability to understand the basic contents of the course, the lack of autonomous preparation and the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of texts, as well as the formulation of independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the ability, demonstarted by the student, to have acquired the basic content of the course; a sufficient level of autonomous preparation, an acceptable ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and decodin of texts, as well as the formulation of independent judgment. Middle-range marks (24-27/30) are assigned to those student who produce evidence of more than sufficient (24-25/30) or good (26-27/30) levels in the evaluation indicators listed above. Upper-end marks (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basics of the demonstration of a very good to an excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.

Other information

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