26023 - Medieval Women's Literature

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  • Teacher Patrizia Caraffi

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-FIL-LET/09

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Modern, Post-Colonial and Comparative Literatures (cod. 0981)

  • Course Timetable from Apr 05, 2022 to May 12, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student achieves in-depth knowledge of medieval women's writing. He acquires abilities for the analysis and the interpretation of the literary text.

Course contents

Women in writing


From a comparative and gender perspective, the course introduces some important medieval women writers  and the study of the various forms of representation, between image and text, of artists and intellectuals in the main literary genres in the Middle Ages.



From April 5th 2022

Tuesday- Wednesday-Thursday

15.30-17.00, FICLIT


Primary sources:

Maria di Francia, Lais, Carocci Français:Lais bretons (XIIe-XIIIesiècles): Marie de France et ses contemporains.Édition bilingue établie, traduite, présentée et annotée par Nathalie Koble et Mireille Séguy, Paris, Champion (Champion Classiques. Moyen Âge, 32). English:The Lays of Marie de France, transl. by D.R. Slavitt, Edmonton, AU Press, 2013. Español:María de Francia, Lais, introducción, traducción y notas de Carlos Álvar, Madrid, Alianza, 2004.


Christine de Pizan, La Città delle dame, Carocci. English: Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies, translated by E. J. Richards, New York, Persea books, 1998 or Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies, translated by Rosalind Brown-Grant, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1999.


Flamenca, Carocci. English: Le Roman de Flamenca (The Romance of Flamenca), éd. Michael McGuire et Olga Scrivner, Bloomington, Indiana University, 2015. Français: Flamenca, édité par F. Zufferey et V. Fasseur, Paris, Livres de Poche, 2014


Heldris di Cornovaglia, Il romanzo di Silence, Carocci. Français: Le Roman de Silence. Roman d’ Heldris de Cornuailles,  in Récits d’amour et de chevalerie, XIIe-XVe siècles,  Paris, Robert Laffont. Español: Heldris de Cornualles, El libro de Silence,  Madrid, Siruela.


Bibliography of Secondary texts (essays, articles, volumes).

In Progress


Teaching methods

Lessons, seminars and conferences given by external scholars.

Language: ITALIAN

Attendance and active participation in the lectures and conferences of the visiting teachers are required. Attendance is compulsory for GEMMA students.

Assessment methods

Oral examination

Teaching tools

Multimedia devices

Office hours

See the website of Patrizia Caraffi