Romance Studies 1: Francophone Studies

Tony Hunt

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263952
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734083 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Romance Studies 1: Francophone Studies

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This chapter examines the history and developments in Francophone studies in Great Britain during the twentieth century. It explains that the study of Old French in Great Britain began very soon after the establishment of chairs of French in British universities and that as the last decade of the twentieth century dawned, twenty-nine British universities were teaching Old French as a component of a French degree course and 90 per cent of them as an obligatory element involving sixty-two specialist teachers. This trend suggests the continuing vigour of Anglo-Norman studies, which had already run such a successful course since the beginning of the century.

Keywords: Francophone studies; Great Britain; Old French; French language courses; Anglo-Norman studies

Chapter.  19599 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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