Critical analysis of Medieval Texts : Middle French

lrom1330  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Critical analysis of Medieval Texts : Middle French
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Cavagna Mattia;
To have had an introduction to Old French  (12th - 13th centuries).

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course focuses on a series of texts and extracts from the 14th and 15th centuries representative of different literary genres and different techniques of writing : prose, poetry, dérimage (converting verse into prose), lyric insertion, translation and the prosimetrum).  There will be special emphasis on thematic and stylistic analysis of the texts as well as the emergence of strong authorial figures such as Guillaume de Machaut and François Villon.

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

1 By the end of the course, students will have acquired linguistic and literary skills which will enable them to :
- understand and recognise the main linguistic characteristics which mark the transition between Old French (12th and 13th centuries) and Middle French  (14th and 15th centuries)
- translate into modern French, using linguistic tools, a short extract in Middle French which has not been translated or analysed previously in class
- carry out literary analysis of the texts in the syllabus, particularly the extracts analysed in class
- place the texts and the authors in the syllabus in the context of their production.

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”.
After a general introduction on the main innovations in the language of the 14th and 15th centuries, the lectures will focus on the explanation and the literary analysis of the selected extracts. Students will be required to make their own translation of the text which will then form the subject of an in-depth analysis in class.
Teaching methods
Lectures with a variety of teaching material: reading of extracts, Key-Note,  multimedia material
Evaluation methods
The oral exam evaluates students' linguistic and literary skills in dealing with predetermined authors and texts. Students will also be asked to translate a passage that has not been seen in class.
La bibliographie sera présente à l'intérieur du syllabus et sur iCampus
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in History

Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Minor in Medieval Studies

Minor in French Studies