Graduate Seminar: William D. Paden

William D. Paden, Northwestern University
William D. Paden, Northwestern University
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Graduate Seminar
Friday, April 5, 2002 to Friday, June 7, 2002

Reading Medieval French in Newbery Manuscripts

William D. Paden, Northwestern University

Introduction to reading medieval French, making extensive use of Newberry Library manuscripts. Students worked through the lucid outline of the language provided by Einhorn, which does not presume knowledge of Latin, and supplemented it with occasional lectures on the diachronic perspective (from Latin to French).  The student was provided with a set of xeroxes from Newberry manuscripts in medieval French, with partial transcriptions or editions of those texts.  Class proceeded from translating the transcriptions to reading the MS copies, and then students continued reading the MS copies beyond the transcription provided.  After reading excerpts of copies from manuscripts in several genres (literature, history, religion, law), each student spent several weeks working directly on one manuscript, producing a transcription and translation of a passage or passages.

Participants: Laura Bruck, Northwestern University; Anne Clark Bartlette, DePaul University; Chimene Bateman, University of Illinois at Chicago; Rebecca Byers, University of Michigan; Blyth Dorn, University of Chicago; Naomi Gill, University of Michigan; Eric Goddard, University of Wisonsin-Madison; Mark Johnston, Newberry Library; Berenice leMarchand, Vanderbilt University; Cindy Lundey, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jill McAllister, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Bradley Reichek, Northwestern University; Patti Renda, University of Illinois at Chicago

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