Critical analysis of Medieval Texts : Middle French

lrom1330  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Critical analysis of Medieval Texts : Middle French
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
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.
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

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Lectures with a variety of teaching material: reading of extracts, Key-Note,  multimedia material
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

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 MOODLE
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in History

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in Medieval Studies

Minor in French Studies