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FR 4033

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M. Jubb

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 4 with a knowledge of French.

Note(s): This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR3033 (The Middle Ages in France A). It will be available in 2013/14 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

The course studies a selection of short French texts written between 1150 and 1300. These cover a range of different genres, including narrative verse, lyric poetry, courtly romance and early drama, and they illustrate contrasting values and contrasting attitudes to the role of men and women in the society of the period. The background of the period is also studied, covering such topics as the production and reception of medieval, as opposed to modern, texts; feudalism; courtly love. In addition, students will extend their understanding of the subject by means of independent research, setting the topics treated in their wider context and synthesizing material from a range of sources.

Two one-hour seminars per week.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: two written assignments 2000 to 2400 words (50% each)