Issues in medieval literary history

lrom2221  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Issues in medieval literary history
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
22.5 h
Cavagna Mattia;

- a good knowledge of the basics of Old and Middle French ;
- familiarity with basic notions of literary analysis and genres ;
- successful completion of an introductory course on medieval French literature. 
Main themes
In the series of courses which examine authors and literary history at BAC level, this course has twin objectives :
- to deepen knowledge of medieval French literature ;
- to highlight the special medieval characteristics of a particular topic ;
- to compare this topic with other periods in French literature, particularly the 16th century ;
- to make students aware of interdisciplinarity and the critical perspective.

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

1 By the end of the course, students will be able to
- recognise and analyse the literary themes and practices of medieval works
- understand and recognise the constraints linked to literary genres ; they will be able to  detect the borderline cases and the interferences between the genres ;
- make the relation between the different parts of the course and the academic publications from the compulsory reading list
- question the links between literature and medieval society/civilisation
- make use of the contribution of the different disciplines (history, history of art, anthropology, theology, study of manuscripts etc.)
- bring out the relevance of contacts between the linguistic domains (Latin ' vernacular languages ; vernacular languages between each other)
- make critical and methodological comparisons between the different periods of French literature.

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”.
This course is organized around the relation between human and animal across different genres of French medieval literature. This angle will allow us to investigate the cultural and symbolic stakes in the interplay between human and non-human, and to acknowledge the role played by the polysemic language of literature in structuring this complex relation. The analysis of chosen passages will make use of the critical tools coming from different disciplines (history, anthropology, history of science), in order to ensure a knowledgeable and varied approach to the texts.
Teaching methods
The course takes the form of lectures with student interaction
Evaluation methods
Oral exam. In addition to showing first-hand knowledge of all required readings, students must demonstrate their ability to analyze a literary text and to frame their approach in a meaningful context that takes into account problems and aspects explored in class.
Other information
The course will be taught in collaboration with Antonella Sciancalepore.
Support : A bibliography and a reading folder are available for students at the beginning of the course. Other documents are uploaded to MOODLE throughout the course .
Les indications bibliographiques seront disponibles sur MOODLE.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

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

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Certificat universitaire en littérature

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

Master [120] in History