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The Medieval Arthurian Romances of Chretien de Troyes

Module Code: FR257
Module Name: The Medieval Arthurian Romances of Chretien de Troyes
Module Coordinator: Dr Emma Campbell
Not running 2018-19
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

Chrétien de Troyes ranks among the most influential writers of the Middle Ages and is still regarded by many as one of the greatest French writers of all time. In a literary career thought to span the last decades of the twelfth century (c. 1170-1190), Chrétien produced a number of exceptionally important romances that were translated and emulated in all of the major European literary traditions. Chrétien’s romance texts all concern the world of King Arthur and his knights, innovatively reworking previous material on the subject in order to explore the often complex and contradictory relationship between love and chivalry, as well as questions of identity and courtly values. This module offers you the opportunity to get to grips with all of the major works attributed to Chrétien, as well as the less studied Guillaume d’Angleterre which is also thought by some to have been written by the same author.

Primary texts

Chrétien de Troyes, Romans, ed. Michel Zink (Paris : Livre de Poche, 2005)

Chrétien de Troyes (?), Guillaume d’Angleterre, ed. Christine Ferlampin-Acher (Paris : Champion, 2007)

N.b. Any of the good-quality modern editions of Chrétien’s romances with the original Old French and modern French facing page translation would be suitable (these are readily available in Livre de Poche’s Lettres gothiques series, and in editions by Champion).

Assessment Method:

50% - Assessed work (one essay of between 2,000 and 2,500 words in length; OR one essay of between 1,000 and 1,250 words AND one commentary of between 1,000 to 1,250 words)
50% - Formal examination

What students say about the module...

'I think the number of texts studied is just right, and having such a knowledgable and specialised tutor on the subject has been invaluable'

'The works are a delight to read, rich and full of scope in terms of issues to study'

'The best thing about the module is that it gives you the chance to explore aspects of French and of literature that most people don't realise exists.'

'The pace is good and the content is very interesting. Teaching is also informative and interesting'

'The module is fun and interesting. The stories are lovely!'