Chaucer and His World|
Spring 2019 not offered
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
In this course, we will read Chaucer's fascinating dream-visions, The BOOK OF THE DUCHESS and THE HOUSE OF FAME and his best-known work, THE CANTERBURY TALES. 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, romance, satire), medieval ideas about psychology and dreams, the ideology of chivalry, Chaucer's reinvention of the classical world, and 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-Brit Lit)(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.
|Examination 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.