MST 3232H

Vernacular Literature in Medieval Europe: Status and Function

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D. Kullmann

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Based on selected Latin and vernacular texts, students will discover the status and function attributed to the emerging vernacular literature during the first centuries of its production. An introduction in lecture form will be followed by a sequence of close readings of selected texts, which will develop into a seminar exploring specific types of witnesses (hagiography, treatises, prologues, lyric), specific functions (teaching, amusement), specific figures (the poet, the jongleur) and other aspects of vernacular literature, up to the fundamental changes in its perception that occur in the 14th century. An important part of the readings will concern France and Italy, but participants may propose examples taken from other regions and languages.