History of French Literature from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution

lrom1100  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

History of French Literature from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution
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
60.0 h
Delsaux Olivier; Delsaux Olivier (compensates Van Hemelryck Tania); Guiderdoni Agnès; Van Hemelryck Tania (coordinator);
Main themes
Chronological survey of all French literature of the period under consideration. The course takes care to supply historical reference points (continuities, relationships, changes, distinct shifts) and to show literature in relation to its cultural, political, social and religious contexts. It alternates between the presentation of overall features (identification of literary currents, development of literary genres) and the presentation of specific texts.

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

1 Situate literature in its different contexts (historical and formal); master the main lines of its development.
The course is divided into three parts, each one given by one of the co-leaders (M. Delsaux for the Middle Ages, Mme Guiderdoni for the 16th and 17th centuries, M. Zanone for the 18th century). It operates from the perspective of a literary history that is culturally and politically contextualised. After an introductory session on each period, the subject matter is approached through literary genres (theatre, the novel, poetry and others); the conceptual and vocabulary tools needed to analyse each of them are highlighted. More specifically, students' attention is drawn to the material conditions of the production and diffusion of the works in question. There is also an examination of the critical issues involved in the periodisation of literature and, consequently, of the methods of literary history.
Teaching methods

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

Formal lectures with a variety of teaching support (reading extracts of literary works, PowerPoint slides).
Other information
Une liste de lectures d'oeuvres littéraires est fournie, actualisée chaque année.
En 2020-2021, les lectures obligatoires sont les suivantes :
Moyen Âge
- La Chanson de Roland, édition et traduction Ian Short, Paris, Le Livre de Poche, 1990 ISBN 9782253053415 [livre électronique disponible http://www.livredepoche.com/la-chanson-de-roland-collectif-9782253053415]
- Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain ou Le chevalier au lion, traduction David Hult, Paris, Le Livre de Poche, 2017 ISBN 9782253183228 [livre électronique disponible : http://www.livredepoche.com/yvain-ou-le-chevalier-au-lion-chretien-troyes-9782253183228]
Fabliaux du Moyen Âge. 11 histoires de ruse, trad. par A. Micha, Paris, GF, 2016 ISBN 978-2081386297 [livre électronique disponible : https://editions.flammarion.com/Catalogue/etonnants-classiques/anthologies/fabliaux-du-moyen-age]
- Christine de Pizan, Cent ballades d'amant et de dame, éd. et trad. J. Cerquiglini-Toulet, Paris, Gallimard, 2019 ISBN 978-2072791406.

XVIe et XVIIe siècles
- Rabelais, Gargantua, Flammarion collection GF Bilingue, 2016, ou n'importe quelle autre édition en français moderne.
- Du Bellay, Les Regrets, Flammarion, coll. "Etonnants classiques", 2013.
- Corneille, L'Illusion comique, Folio classique, 2000, et Le Cid, Belin - Gallimard Classicocollège, 2014, ou n'importe quelles autres éditions.
- Madame de Lafayette, La Princesse de Clèves, Flammarion GF, ou n'importe quelle autre édition.

XVIIIe siècle
Le programme de lectures sera précisé dans le courant du premier quadrimestre.
Faculty or entity

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

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

Minor in Literary Studies

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in French Studies

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General