Texts, manuscripts and printing: a critical and literary approach

lrom2227  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Texts, manuscripts and printing: a critical and literary approach
5 credits
15.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2018-2019 !

Guiderdoni Agnès; Van Hemelryck Tania coordinator;
Students shall be acquainted to the ancient language.
A good knowledge of the basics of Old and Middle French
Main themes
The course is devoted to the study of literary texts of medieval authors, by the means of a critical approach to manuscripts, in order to highlight the processes and motivations involved in the genesis of a literary work of the medieval period. It will try to instill a critical approach toward the object of study ; to introduce students to the weight of the normative tradition of the nineteeth and twentieth centuries in their approach to medieval texts, as well as to the necessity to recontextualize any literary work in its historic, economic and cultural contexts.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


On the basis of the discipline's epistemology and of an in-depth analysis of the manuscript tradition of an author (ancient or middle French) :

- refine the student's spirit of analysis in relation to modern critical editions of medieval texts;

- increase the student's awareness in relation to the material and textual aspects of French literary manuscripts (graphic variants and corrections in the case of autograph manuscripts; the relationship between the text and its iconography; textual organization of manuscripts according to the dedicatee, etc.) ;

- to introduce students to a critical approach of medieval literature ;

- to initiate students to the innovating aspects of new philology.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Teaching methods
Lectures with a variety of teaching materials : reading extracts from works ; PowerPoint presentations
Evaluation methods
Oral exam
Other information
Students preparing a dissertation in the field of medieval French are strongly encouraged  to follow the course.
Online resources
Mise à jour chaque année ; voir page dédicacée au cours sur iCampus
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in History

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language