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Queer Medieval ?

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Rory Critten

Période de validité: 2023 -> 2023

Horaires du cours (Hebdomadaire)

Date Lieu Remarque Thématique Intervenant(s)
2023/2024 : Mercredi 12:30-14:00 (Hebdomadaire) Anthropole/3059     Rory Critten


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre
Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 5, 10


There is no shortage of medieval stories in which twenty-first-century readers can perceive queer or trans characters. Some of these characters are historical, such as Joan of Arc, who wore men’s clothing and led French armies against the English, or Edward II of England, whose close relations with his male favorites attracted censure. Other stories are fictional. In Amis and Amiloun, the mutual affection of two knights is so strong that one kills his children in order to secure a cure for the other’s leprosy, and in Yde et Olive, a woman disguised as a knight falls in love with another woman, whom s/he is to marry. 

One question that we will be asking is how stories like these might have been understood before the introduction of the vocabulary that we now have to discuss gender and sexuality. Words like queergaystraighttrans and non-binary are recent inventions. In particular, we will be interested in the space that fiction and performance afford for the imagination of fluid genders and sexualities. In so proceeding, we will challenge long histories of heterosexuality (another new word) that locate the origins of that phenomenon in the Middle Ages. At the same time, our examination of queer pasts will shed new light on our own queer presents and futures. 

The course will be taught in English; the materials studied will be in English and French with English translations. Students from outside the English department are welcome to be examined in either French or English.  

This class is part of the programme de spécialisation organised by the CEMEP this year, whose theme is “Un Moyen Âge Queer?/A Queer Middle Ages?” All students are welcome to attend the cours public and ateliers organized as part of the programme de spécialisation. The full programme is available on the website of the CEMEP. 


There are three possible modes of assessment:

1) A final essay 

2) A faculty oral exam

3) A faculty written exam


UtilisationCode facultéStatutCrédits
Complément d’études disciplinaires pour étudiants HEP - Niveau MA (2023 ->) ›› Littérature médiévale - ANGLOptionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Anglais (2015 ->) ›› Discussion sur la base d'un dossier de recherche - MA-ANG-2020Optionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Anglais (2015 ->) ›› Dissertation sur la base d'un dossier de recherche - MA-ANG-2010Optionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Anglais (2015 ->) ›› Littérature médiévale - MA-ANG-3040Optionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire ès Lettres, Programme de spécialisation "Culture, civilisation et résurgences du Moyen Age" (2014 ->) ›› Séminaire de recherche interdisciplinaire - MA-SPEC-CCRMA-03Optionnel10.00
Maîtrise universitaire ès Lettres, Programme de spécialisation 'Littératures comparées' (2023 ->) ›› En acte : études comparatistes et/ou interdisciplinaires sur corpus - MA-SPEC-CIEL-02Optionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Programme de renforcement (2015 ->) ›› Comparatismes - MA-RENF-COMPOptionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Programme de renforcement (2015 ->) ›› Littérature médiévale - MA-RENF-ANGOptionnel5.00
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