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A Century of British Medieval Studies$
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Alan Deyermond

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263952

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263952.001.0001

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Romance Studies 1: Francophone Studies

Romance Studies 1: Francophone Studies

(p.460) (p.461) Romance Studies 1: Francophone Studies
A Century of British Medieval Studies

Tony Hunt

British Academy

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

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