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Medieval English Multilingualism

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Rory Critten
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2020 -> 2020

Pas d'horaire défini.


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

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


To introduce students to the multilingual reality of medieval England, affording special attention to the relationships between English and French during the period.

To introduce students to a wide range of texts and topics that might be developed in a final essay or mémoire project.

To give students to opportunity to hone their presentation and writing skills.


This course considers the development of English alongside French and Latin in the four hundred years following the Norman Conquest (c.1100-c.1600). Of particular interest will be the intertwining histories of English and French in Britain during this period: when and where were the two languages used? How did they interact? and What scope for creativity did the co-existence of the two vernaculars afford medieval English writers? Primary readings are arranged chronologically and will include examples of Middle English hybridity (e.g. the franglais speeches given to King Philip in the romance Richard Lionheart) and of macaronic writing (e.g. poetry that switches between English, French, and Latin) as well as a close study of the work of one bilingual poet, Charles d'Orléans. We will also consider the first modern language teaching texts, which were produced in England to improve the written and spoken French of English learners, as well as the first sustained debates about English's debts to other languages (e.g. the Inkhorn Controversy in the sixteenth century). This course will appeal in particular to students with interests in comparative literature, translation studies, and the histories of the French and English languages


Students produce a final essay of 4,000 words drawing on a minimum of 8 secondary sources (articles or book chapters). Students are free to chose their own topics and bibliographies in discussion with the instructor.


A bibliography for the course will be posted on Moodle. For introductory reading, see Rory G. Critten and Elisabeth Dutton, "Medieval English Multilingulisms," Language Learning [advance access], at: https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12404.

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