French Culture I

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course it to provide the student with several instruments to face the study and the research of some of the aspects of the French contemporary culture. At first, the student will be given a historic and sociological overview of the suburbs from the end of the Second World War until nowadays. Afterwards, we will focus on the literary and artistic representation from the Eighties until the recent literary phenomenon of the "banlieue literature". We will start from the historical-political contextualization in order to analyze the cultural roots and concentrate on some aspects that have conditioned the evolution of those places.
Expected learning outcomes
During the lessons the student will develop his skills through texts and videos in French, as well as his communicative abilities throughout the presentation and discussion of written texts and multimedia productions. It will be encouraged a critical thinking thanks to discussions, debates and group work.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
A possible medical emergency will affect the course as follows:

1) Programme and reference material: no change. If part of the exam material is not available, due to the closure of libraries or to the suspension of shipping by publishers, the teacher will make alternative material available on the site Ariel of the area involved and on the Microsoft Teams platform (file section) together with a file of explanations about it (Extraordinary Programme).

2) Modalities of of teaching and didactic methods: lessons in presence will be replaced with two complementary modalities of online teaching, synchronous and asynchronous. Every content of the course will be proposed in recorded PowerPoint presentations with audio uploaded to the site Ariel of the area involved and to the Microsoft Teams platform (file section) in correspondence of the lessons' timetable.
Periodically - about once every two lessons provided in the outlined asynchronous form - a synchronous lesson on the Microsoft Teams platform will be held following the regular timetable of the course.
During this lesson the students' questions will be answered and any further information will be provided; questions might be asked live, both during these lessons, and in advance on the chat of the forum that will be activated on Ariel.
These synchronous lessons will be recorded and will remain available for the students in the repository of the platform or in Ariel.
The calendar of the synchronous and asynchronous lessons will be published on Ariel as soon as an emergency starts; any organisational communication will be found on the site.
All recorded lessons and uploaded PowerPoint presentations will be available for the full academic year, until the exam sessions of January - February 2022.

3) Modalities of the verification of learning. The exams will be held orally on the Teams platform.
Course syllabus
First part : From banlieue urbanisation to suburbs
I. La naissance de la « banlieue » : un « produit » des Trente Glorieuses
II. Les « âges » des banlieues
III. Les quartiers sensibles de nos jours - les jeunes et les émeutes
Second part: Du roman beur à la littérature des banlieues : la narration des peripheries
I. La représentation des marges: le cas du roman beur
II. Les années 1990 et la naissance de la « littérature des banlieues »
III. Les romans des banlieues et le souci d'authenticité
Prerequisites for admission
French knowledge (bachelor degree). Lessons and exams will be in French language.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons, team work, expositions in class
Teaching Resources
For attending students
lecture notes
Films and documentarys
Two novels: Guène, Faiza, Du rêve pour les oufs, Paris, Hachette Littératures, 2006 ;Razane, Mohamed, Dit violent, Paris, Gallimard, 2006.

Bibliography for non attending students
Cello, Serena, La littérature des banlieues. Un engagement littéraire contemporain, Roma, Aracne, 2019
Fourcaut, Annie, « Quelle était belle la banlieue », L'Histoire, n°315, 2006, p. 75-85. URL:
Vitali, Ilaria, Intrangers- Post-migration et nouvelles frontières de la littérature beur, Tome I, Bruxelles, Editions Academia, 2011.
Two novels : Guène, Faiza, Du rêve pour les oufs, Paris, Hachette Littératures, 2006 ;Razane, Mohamed, Dit violent, Paris, Gallimard, 2006.

Bibliography for non attending students
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be an oral interview based on the topics of the program. It will be judged: the deep knowledge as well as the capacity to use the methodological instrument in order to understand and expose the historical and cultural periods.
A particular interest will be given to fluent and argued expositions in order to integrate socio-political, economical ed historical notions in a transversal way.
L-LIN/03 - FRENCH LITERATURE - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Cello Serena
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