Fall 2022

The Canterbury Tales

Listed in: English, as ENGL-332


Ingrid L. Nelson (Section 01)


[Before 1800] Geoffrey Chaucer’s medieval masterwork, The Canterbury Tales, represents pilgrims from all walks of life, from peasants to artisans to nobility, telling tales that are comical, tragic, religious, and fantastical. In this course, we read almost the entirety of the Tales in its original language. The course aims to give the student rapid mastery of Chaucer’s English and an active appreciation of his poetry. Our focus will be on Chaucer’s poetry and the ethical and political questions this complex and delightful literary work raises, and how we can understand these questions within a modern context. No prior knowledge of Middle English is expected, although a knowledge of grammar in English or another Western language will be helpful.

Fall semester. Professor Nelson.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, oral presentations, group work, in-class quizzes or exams

ENGL 332 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CHAP 119
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CHAP 119


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2022