cod. 15016

Academic year 2022/23
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Letteratura francese (L-LIN/03)
Letterature straniere
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

The course proposes, through an in-depth examination of the three main french caribean literary movements that took place during the twentieth century, to investigate the stages and modalities of the constitution of a literature written in French language outside the national borders of France.
During the course the student learns to
To know the movements, the currents, the works and the main specific authors of the Caribbean geographical area from the early twentieth century to today.
Reading, understanding and analyzing a literary production, articulated in various genres, made particularly complex by the use by writers of a French language open to the influences of other languages, in particular the Creole.
To place this literature considered "minor" in the wider panorama of the whole francophone literature and also of the postcolonial literature
Obtain additional information on the issues addressed using paper or digital references in the bibliography.
Formulate informed and motivated personal judgments based on an in-depth analysis of the text, related to complex literary and cultural phenomena


Good knowledge of french. B2+

Course unit content

Négritude, Antillanité, Créolité. Birth and development of a literature.

The course, held in French, has as its object the study of the main movements, authors and works produced in French in the Caribbean area that includes Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana and Haïti.
We propose a reflection on the birth and development of this literature and its dialectical relationship with the literature produced within the narrow limits of geographical France. This reflection will be flanked by the study of specific movements and periods of French literary history stricto sensu.
In addition to theoretical insights into the three major movements that chronologically scan the evolution of Caribbean francophone literature (Négritude, Antillanité, Créolité) during the lessons, texts in the original language will be analyzed, in the light of multiple cultural, structural and stylistic approaches. teacher will make available on the Elly platform. In addition, the student must read in full and in original language 4 works of narrative indicated by the teacher in the exam program

Full programme

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Some articles from the revue "Légitime défense"
Aimé Césaire, Cahier d'un retour au pays natal, Paris, Présence Africaine, 1953.
Edouard Glissant, Le Quatrième Siècle, Paris, Gallimard, 1964.
Patrick Chamoiseau, Solibo Magnifique, Paris, Gallimard, 1988.

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 adquired 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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