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Medieval English Multilingualism

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2021 -> 2021

Pas d'horaire défini.

Séminaire

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

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

Objectif

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.

Contenu

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

Evaluation

There are three possible modes of assessment:

1) An essay. MA essays should be of 4000 words and cite at least eight articles or book chapters. They are to be submitted by the end of the last week of term.

2) A faculty oral exam. Students have 30 minutes to prepare for a 30-minute exam in which they will start by answering a question set by the instructor (only one question is offered). The question will relate to one of two topics that the student has defined in consultation with the instructor not later than in week 11; alternatively, the question may combine both topics. In their answer, as well as drawing on the materials covered in class, students will mobilize a personal dossier of eight readings relating to their topics. These readings should supplement standard course readings and may include articles, book chapters, books, or primary sources. Finalized reading lists should be submitted by the end of week 14. You will also be asked to write two brief paragraphs detailing your chosen topics by this deadline.

3) A faculty written exam. Students have six hours to write one essay from a choice of two prompts. The prompts will relate to two topics that the student has defined in consultation with the instructor not later than in week 11; the prompts may treat the students' topics individually or combine them. In their essays, as well as drawing on the materials covered in class, students will mobilize a personal dossier of eight readings relating to their topics. These readings should supplement standard course readings and may include articles, book chapters, books, or primary sources. Finalized reading lists should be submitted by the end of week 14. You will also be asked students to write brief paragraphs detailing your chosen topics by this deadline.

Bibliographie

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 71 (2021): 12-38, at: https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12404. See too the medieval and early modern chapters in Charles Barber, Joan C. Beal, and Philip A. Shaw, The English Language: A Historical Introduction, 2nd ed (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Informations supplémentaires

Zoom link on Moodle

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