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FoE III: Documentary and Literary Culture



The French of England III: Documentary and Literary Culture

Taught by Professors Thelma Fenster and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
Wednesdays: Linguistic practicum, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Seminar discussion, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This course offers an introduction to the large corpus of French literary and pragmatic texts in insular medieval culture and some ways of thinking about the interrelations of French and English and the re-mappings this entails for medieval England's literary and cultural history. Branching out from works covered in "Texts and Territories" and "Texts and Manuscripts," we will study some law, mercantile, medical and other forms of documentary and civic texts in the French of England, as well as literary texts, both the well-known and the under-researched, and some texts with Middle English versions.

For newcomers to the subject, a linguistic practicum, which should be regarded as obligatory, is offered in the hour preceding the class meeting; some knowledge of modern French is a must. Some linguistic work together with seminar student presentations and discussion take place in each seminar.


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