le savoir vivant
Vous êtes ici: UNIL > L'enseignement > Fiche de cours
Français | English   Imprimer   

Fiche de cours

ENCOUNTER: Heresy and Orthodoxy in late Medieval England : The Book of MArgery Kempe and the Lollards

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2015 -> 2015

Pas d'horaire défini.


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

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


However surprising it may be to us, religious literature was read widely and was extremely popular in the medieval period. Devotional texts, religious lyrics, meditations, religious rules, mystical treatises, spiritual autobiographies and sermon collections circulated in extensive copies, moving in and out of monastic and lay scriptoria to satisfy a huge demand. Noble households, merchants and burghers, built private chapels and commissioned religious books and images in order to perform their devotions effectively. Late medieval religious writings are therefore an essential component of medieval culture as a whole.
The aim of this seminar is first to introduce students to late medieval religious culture. We will then explore the literary representation of religious tensions that prevailed during the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries in England. The texts chosen for our investigation will serve to show that the opposition between heresy and orthodoxy is not as clear-cut as has been ascertained fairly recently. We will read some of the most popular orthodox texts of the period, some Lollard heretical writings, and extracts from some religious compilations. We will also spend several weeks discussing the controversial Book of Margery Kempe, a spiritual auto-biography which is revealing of the religious and cultural tensions which were inherent to the late medieval period.


BA 2005 : Students will be assessed by means of active participation and the submission of an essay.
BA 2013 : Group-discussion in class (collective & groups) and writing an essay (individual); possibility of writing an extended essay (plan d'études 2013)

Informations supplémentaires


Canton de Vaud
Swiss University
Unicentre  -  CH-1015 Lausanne  -  Suisse  -  Tél. +41 21 692 11 11  -  Fax  +41 21 692 26 15