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Fordham University (Bronx, NY 10458-9993)
Jocelyn Gladys Wogan-Browne (Project Director: November 2003 to April 2008)

Collaborative Research
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$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2005 – 5/31/2007

The French of England

Production of reliable English translations of complete French medieval texts that are significant and non-canonical, and a volume entitled The French of England: Vernacular Literary Theory and Practices, 1130-1450.

This project seeks to develop tools for English-speaking scholars and students that will help and encourage them to read the French literature of medieval England, a body of nearly a thousand literary texts integral to the history and culture of England. One part of the project, an initial series of seven translations of complete French texts, suggests the range and variety of that literature: holy and lineal biographies, romances of land and lineage, conduct literature, devotional and theological works, both pious and violent, a treatise on the wounds of sin by a lay aristocrat, and major neo-classical romance. The second part of the project consists of an "argued anthology" of approximately seventy prologues, epilogues and other excerpts edited and translated afresh or anew from manuscript. This volume will provide the largest available conspectus of the French literature of medieval England, and it will demonstrate how the French literature of England, aware of itself as an entity in its own right, comments upon its existence and aims. As such, the anthology will be positioned to contribute to current investigations of medieval vernacular literary theory.