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Medieval Literature : Violence in Medieval English Literature

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2011 -> 2011

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

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


This course aims to grasp the function of the representation of violence in medieval English literature. Highly ritualised, violence serves very specific purposes and fulfils significant functions in the shaping of medieval subjectivities.
The class will be divided into several sections, each introduced with a film whose content will serve to understand the theoretical paradigm that supports the text studied in class.

I. Chivalric violence
Film: Excalibur
Texts: Sir Orfeo; Malory's Morte Darthur, The Siege of Jerusalem

II. Religious Violence
A. Violence in the Passion Meditations
Film: Mel Gibson, The Passion of Christ
Texts: The Wohung of our Lord; Charters of Christ, Love's Mirror, The York Play of the Passion

B. Anchoritic and hagiographic violence
Film: Anchoress
Texts: Ancrene Wisse; Elizabeth of Spalbeek; Marie d'Oignies

III. Violence and Social Unrest
Texts: William Langland, Piers Plowman; Mum and the Sothsegger


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

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