Czech-French Historical Seminar: Estelle Doudet

Where: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3.

Organizers: FF UK and CEFRES.

Theatre and Political Communication in the Middle Ages

Focusing on theatre in French, this paper investigates the turn of 15th and 16th century, when theater and print developed hand in hand. Is a “political theater” being then shaped? What circumstances, which authors and actors, play genres, and audiences could such a political communication involve, and with which efficiency?

The Author and its Signature in French, from Chrétien de Troyes to the Renaissance

Signature is considered today as a key-element of the “function author” as defined by Michel Foucault. The recurrent anonymity of Medieval literature led to believe in the lack of signature, and therefore of authors. Yes, from the 12th to the 16th centuries, French-writing authors reflected on signature, on its forms and functions. Signature revealed the status of the author—whether gentle or intellectual, whether man or woman. It defined the genres in which it came up, such as the novel, poetry and autobiography. It shaped the relationship between the writer and the reader.

A former fellow of Ecole normale supérieure, Pr. Estelle Doudet teaches medieval language and literatyre at the University of Grenoble Alpes. She is a member of the Institut universitaire de France. Her works focus on the archeology of media and public communication in French, among which on eloquence and performing arts in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Within the research unit Litt&Arts, she is in charge of the research group on “comparative media studies” and heads the research area on Arts, Literatures, Languages, Human, Cognitive and Social Sciences of Grenoble University.

Among her publications:

  • Recueil général de moralités d’expression française, vol. 1, E. Doudet (ed.), Paris, Garnier, 2012.
  • Chrétien de Troyes, Paris, Tallandier, 2009.
  • Un cristal mucié en un coffre. Poétique de George Chastelain, Paris, Champion, « Bibliothèque du XVe siècle », no. 67,  2005.
  • Jean Molinet et son temps, E. Lecuppre-Desjardin, J. Devaux and E. Doudet (eds.), Turnhout, Brepols, 2013.
  • 58 published articles publiés – check her profile on