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Medieval English : Women's Writing in Middle English

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2012 -> 2012

Pas d'horaire défini.


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

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


This seminar is designed to present some of the most significant female writers of the late medieval period who either wrote in Middle English, or were translated from French or Latin into Middle English. The writings of authors such as Marie de France, Christine de Pisan, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe and the Paston women will receive our attention. What does it mean to be a female author in the Middle Ages, how does one position oneself as a female author, and how does one deal with questions such as male/female relationships when writing from the female perspective? How does the audience define the authorial strategies of a female author? These are some of the questions this seminar will seek to explore, by means of short presentations offered by the teacher and the students, and followed by open discussion.

Set texts:

- Women's Writings in Middle English, ed. Alexandra Barratt (London and New York: Longman, 1992).
- Writing Religious Women: Female Spiritual and Textual Practices in Late Medieval England, ed. Denis Renevey and Christiania Whitehead (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000; Toronto: Univesity of Toronto Press, 2000).
- The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing, ed. Carolyn Dinshaw and David Wallace (Cambridge: CUP, 2003).


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

Exigences du cursus d'études

Credit received for IMLL 1 and IMLL 2

Informations supplémentaires


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