Chaucer and His World|
Fall 2014 not offered
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
In this course, we will read Chaucer's best-known work, THE CANTERBURY TALES, and we will also read some of his other masterpieces: the dream visions, THE BOOK OF THE DUCHESS, and THE HOUSE OF FAME, as well as his short lyrics. We will also read selections from Chaucer's sources and consider how he adapts these texts in his own literary works. Some of the topics we will explore are the various genres of Chaucer's poetry (allegory, epic, satire), medieval ideas about psychology and dreams, the ideology of chivalry and medieval romance, Chaucer's reinvention of the classical world, historiography, and medieval views of gender and sexuality. All readings will be in Middle English, so we will read slowly and carefully, with attention to the language.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Readings include selections from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dream Visions, and Short Poems.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two substantial papers, a class presentation, shorter weekly writing assignments, occasional translation exercises
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History I major requirement and contributes to the British Literature concentration requirements of the English major.
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