The spreading of French medieval affective literature in early modern printing (16th-17th century)

July 10, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR)
59 rue Néricault Destouches
37000 Tours


The objective of the event is to examine the editorial techniques and cultural strategies utilized by the network of booksellers, printers, and bibliophiles who curated and disseminated medieval French affective literature to the general 'audience' in France and Europe since the introduction of the printing press in 1470. On the one hand, our focus is to examine the pre-modern and modern reception of this literature in a broad context. We will pay special attention to groups of texts such as courtly texts, specific forms of medieval lyricism, allegorical texts, and 'arts d'aimer'. On the other hand, we aim to investigate changes observed in the literary and cultural parameters that delimit the textual types which convey affection between the Middle Ages and Modernity. The contributions aim to demonstrate how the 'end' of the Middle Ages brought about changes in narrative, stylistic, and cultural models. A network of book professionals directed the reading and 'rereading' of these texts according to contemporary pre-modern and modern sensibilities. This will be measured by studying, on the one hand, the publishing policies and practices of booksellers and printers, in order to reconstruct the evolution of the tastes of the public to which these book were addressed (first in manuscript, then in print), and, on the other hand, the intellectual or cultural interests of patrons, bibliophiles and literati who 'rediscovered' the medieval past and treated them in their literary or historiographical works


Confirmed speakers

  • Sergio Cappello,  University of Udine - Italy
  • Cristina Cassia, University of Torino - Italy
  • Violaine Chaudoreille, University of Rouen - France
  • Luca Degl'Innocenti, University of Firenze - Italy
  • Adeline Desbois-Ientile, University of Paris-Sorbonne  - France
  • Lucien Dugaz, University of Lausanne - Switzerland
  • Fanny Maillet, University of Zurich - Switzerland
  • Pascale Mounier, University Grenoble Alpes  - France
  • Sandra Provini, University of Rouen - France
  • Stéphanie Rambaud, Bibliothèque Nationale de France - France
  • Pauline Saccol, University Grenoble Alpes  - France
  • Alice Tacaille, Sorbonne Université-I - France
  • Richard Trachsler, University of Zurich - Switzerland
  • Marco Veneziale, University of Zurich - Switzerland




Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) :
59, rue Néricault Destouches - 37000 TOURS - FR

The conference venue is unique. Located right next to the basilica of St Martin in the old city centre of Tours, the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance) is a teaching and research institution which welcomes students and researchers seeking initial or supplementary instruction in all aspects of the Renaissance. The Centre was initially constituted in 1956 on the basis of a library and a documentary archive, supplemented by a collection of photographs and databases. It is now a venue for multi-disciplinary instruction, which, in association with the various Faculties of the University, has responsibility for teaching and research in History, History of Art, Literature, Languages, Musicology, and Philosophy. It currently leads a large research programme dedicated to the cultural regional heritage (Intelligence des Patrimoines). As a research centre it brings together fifty or so researchers committed to the investigation of the "civilization of the Renaissance" from Petrarch to Descartes. Participants will be welcomed in this exceptional surrounding blending Middle Age and Renaissance cultures and will have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and wines.

 General Information

Congress Venue

 Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR)
59 rue Néricault Destouches  - 37000 Tours, France


Wednesday, 10 July to Friday 12 July  2024


The official language of the Congress is English and French

Welcome pack and Name Badge

 Upon arrival you will receive a welcome pack that includes the printed material of the Conference and your name badge will be given to you at the reception . Please wear your name badge at all times during the Conference and to all official Conference events.

Invitation Letters
Invitation Letters

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- we only issue an official letter once the payment of the registration fee has been validated.
- such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Organisers to provide any financial assistance.

Certificate of attendance

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By train:

* Tours centre station
 1.5 hour trip from Paris (Montparnasse)

 * Saint Pierre des Corps (4km from Tours town centre)

Bus 5, 20 minutes trip to Tours centre station

> Plan your trip by train:


By car:

GPS: 47.3918282,0.6823076
Please note that you can't park in the courtyard in front of the CESR.
Paid car parks nearby : 
Parking Indigo Tours Halles Vieux Tours, 36 Place Gaston Paillhou, 37000 Tours
Parking Gambetta, 8 Rue Gambetta, 37000 Tours
Parking Indigo Tours Nationale, 5 Rue Emile Zola, 37000 Tours


 By plane:

*Arrival at Roissy Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport
Take RER B in direction to Saint Rémy Les Chevreuse, step out at Denfert Rochereau Stop
Metro 6 in direction to Charles de Gaulle Etoile, step out at Montparnasse Bienvenue Stop 

> Then take a train to Tours (see "by train" section above)

*Arrival at Paris-Orly (ORY) airport: 

Take Orlyval Shuttle from Aéroport d’Orly in direction Antony, step out at Antony Stop

Take RER B in direction to Mitry Clave, step out at Denfert Rochereau Stop

Take Metro 6 in direction to Charles de Gaulle Etoile, step out at Montparnasse Bienvenue Stop

> Then take a train to Tours (see "by train" section above)  

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