Medieval French literature

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to:
- introduce students to medieval French literature and its peculiarities;
- provide the tools for reading and studying literary texts in Ancient and Middle French;
- acquire awareness of the peculiarities related to the handwritten and printed transmission of medieval works.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: to know the medieval romance, Chrétien de Troyes' romances, its transmission and reception.
Skills: to be able to read and understand the original texts presented in class and to comment on linguistic and stylistic aspects, as well as their literary and cultural value.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
ATTENTION: you must register for the course through the EASYLESSON app.
During the emergency teaching phase, the program is adapted to the remote mode; in particular, the materials needed for each lesson or group of lessons will be provided in advance on the Ariel website.
Course syllabus
The course, entitled "Perceval, un héros toujours vivant", is aimed at students of the Master's degree and includes three parts; it is held in the first semester.
- A (20 hours, 3 ECTS): Le roman français du Moyen Âge, Chrétien de Troyes
- B (20 hours, 3 ECTS): Le Conte du Graal de Chrétien de Troyes
- C (20 hours, 3 ECTS): Du Conte du Graal à Perceval le Galloys (1530)

Students interested in acquiring 6 ECTS will adhere to the program of parts A and B; students interested in acquiring 9 ECTS will follow the full program (A + B + C).

Part A constitutes an introduction to the medieval French romance, presenting the most representative texts and in particular the work of Chrétien de Troyes.
Part B will focus on the latest romance by Chrétien de Troyes, founder of the European myth of the Grail, whose most significant episodes will be read and commented on.
Part C will concern the reception of Chrétien's romance in its prose adaptation published in Paris in 1530 and its literary and cultural peculiarities.

The course programme is valid until February 2022.
Prerequisites for admission
The course, which is held in French, as well as examination materials and bibliography presuppose a solid language proficiency in French.
Teaching methods
ATTENTION: you must register for the course through the EASYLESSON app.
The lessons will be held by videoconference using Teams with the exception of some asynchronous lessons (video lessons).
The schedule of lessons, their modalities and any updates will be published in the online course.
Teaching Resources
The course has a website on the online teaching platform Ariel, which can be consulted for information and teaching materials.
Part A
Michel Zink, Le Moyen Âge - Littérature française, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 1990
Thierry Delcourt, La littérature arthurienne, Paris, PUF, 2000 (chapitre II, «Chrétien de Troyes», p. 15-34)
Part B
Chrétien de Troyes, Le Roman de Perceval ou Le Conte du Graal, édité par Keith Busby, Tübingen, Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1993 (SOLO i passaggi letti durante il corso)
Chrétien de Troyes, Œuvres complètes, Paris, Gallimard, 1994 (Perceval ou le Conte du Graal, «notice», p. 1299-1318)
Part C
Perceval le Galloys, édition critique en cours par Maria Colombo Timelli (testo messo a disposizione sul sito Ariel)
Maria Colombo Timelli, «Un recueil arthurien imprimé: la Tresplaisante et recreative hystoire de Perceval le Galloys (1530)», 2008
Jean Frappier, «Sur le Perceval en prose de 1530», in Fin du Moyen Âge et Renaissance, Anvers, Nederlandsche boekhandel, 1961, p. 233-247
Pierre Servet, «D'un Perceval l'autre. La mise en prose du Conte du graal (1530)», in L'œuvre de Chrétien de Troyes dans la littérature française, Lyon, CEDIC, 1997, p. 197-210
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will take place in oral form using the Teams platform or, if allowed, in the presence, always in oral form. It will consist of an individual assessment, which includes questions about the contents of the course, reading, translation, linguistic, stylistic and literary commentary of one or more passages from the texts in the program. The assessment will be held in French for students of the Master's Degree in languages, in Italian or in French for students of the other Master's Degree Courses.
International students or incoming Erasmus students are invited to contact the lecturer as soon as possible. The examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or with DSA must be agreed with the lecturer, in agreement with the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/03 - FRENCH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/03 - FRENCH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/03 - FRENCH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Wednesday, 9,30-12,30, by appointment
Platforms: Skype, Zoom, Times.