Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in History and Stories of the Contemporary World
Academic year when starting the degree: 
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (48 hours)

Admission is reserved to the students who have passed the exam of Elements of French Language, or those who certify the level A2: a basic level of proficiency is necessary to read and understand texts such as fiction, newspaper articles and essays addressed to the general public.

Final Examination: 
Voto Finale

The course enables students to the understanding and critical assessment of the different language registers used in the French novel from the second half of the 19th century to the present. Nineteenth-century French novel is an essential source to understand past and present French society as well as the narrative of this time period.

Among the main we find:
- knowledge of the basic French vocabulary, as it is used in the literature;
- capacity to use the appropriate linguistic tools to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the French language;
- knowledge of the French society and culture between 19th and 20th centuries, a key period for the study of European History and the origins of modernity.

The course aims to offer an in-depth knowledge of the linguistic strategies and languages in the Francophone world during the 19th and 20th centuries, through which it is also possible to understand some key features of the society of the time.
A special attention will be devoted to the following topics:
- The language of workers in E. Zola/V. Hugo/A. Dumas (père et fils) and, as for the more recent literature, Edouard Louis
- Comparing the languages of popular classes, privileged classes, and nobility in the novels from the 19th century to present day.
- The language of late 19th century/early 20th century reconstructed through the books of Claude Izner
alias Liliane Korb (Paris, 1940) and Laurence Lefèvre (Paris, 1951), authors of crime novels set in Paris in the years of the Exposition Universelle.