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Medieval English : Fifteenth-Century Dream Vision Poetry

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Denis Renevey
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2011 -> 2011

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Following the writing of Le Roman de la Rose in the thirteenth century, dream-vision poetry became extremely popular throughout the Western world. In England, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote several of his major works as dream visions. The Pearl-author himself uses the dream vision for his account of the subtle theological debate in which he is involved with his dead daughter. This seminar will be devoted to a close reading of two significant dream visions from a later period. Indeed, Lydgate's Temple of Glas and James I of Scotland's The Kingis Quair date from the early fifteenth century. Both texts are indebted to the French tradition and to Chaucer. We will explore several thematic issues which are often linked to that specific genre: notions of courtliness, ideas associated to Boethian philosophy, autobiography, politics and the question of the representation of women in such a genre.


Students will be assessed by means of active participation and the submission of an essay.


Set Text: Fifteenth-Century English Dream Visions, ed. Julia Boffey (Oxford: OUP, 2003).

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