Spring 2008

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

Listed in: English, as ENGL-31

Faculty

Howell D. Chickering (Section 01)

Description

The course aims to give the student rapid mastery of Chaucer's English and an active appreciation of his poetry. No prior knowledge of Middle English is expected. A knowledge of Modern English grammar and its nomenclature, or a similar knowledge of another language, will be helpful. Short critical papers and frequent declamation in class. The emphasis will be on Chaucer's humor, irony, and his narrative and dramatic gifts. We will read all of the poetic Tales and excerpts from the two prose Tales. Three class hours per week. Second semester. Professor Chickering.