Antithesis in the Maximes of La Rochefiucauld
L'antitesi nelle Maximes di La Rochefoucauld
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Knowledge of a writer and his principal work. Study of a literary genre through one of the more representative exemples. Knowledge of the technique of antithesis (and proposal of a general definition of rethorical phenomena); study of his use in a literary work.
The course will study the use of antithesis in the Maximes of La Rochefoucauld. After a brief introduction about antithesis in general, in the context of traditional theories on rhetorics, an analithical catalogue of antithesis in the Maximes will be proposed. After the course the students will write a brief comment in which they will apply the knowledge received on an text of their own choice.
Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)
Knowledge of a period of literary history and notions about a literary genre. Knowledge about the definition of rethorical phenomena, and the use of them in a literary text. Ability to apply the knowledge received to a literary text autonomously chosen. Ability to use the terminology of literary analysis in a written text.
The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it
Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment
- Course books
F. de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes (any complete french edition);
B. Papasogli (editor), I moralisti classici, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2008;
J. Lafond, La scrittura aforistica da Montaigne a Chamfort, in G. Cantarutti (editor), La scrittura aforistica, Bologna, Il Mulino 2001.
Oral exam, and discussion of written work
Additional Information for Non-Attending Students
- Course books
All the texts for frequentant students, and:
J. Lafond, La Rochefoucauld. Augustinisme et littérature, Paris, Klincksieck 1977;
P. Toffano, Poétique de la maxime. La figure de l'antithèse chez La Rochefoucauld, Orléans, Paradigme 1998.
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