ENGL3393.01 Fall 2018 Chaucer [Weiskott]

ENGL3393.01 Fall 2018 Chaucer [Weiskott]

illustration of Chaucer the pilgrim on horseback, from the Ellesmere manuscript

Geoffrey Chaucer was the first poet writing in English who was lauded and studied as literature in his own time. His body of writing, covering a breathtakingly wide range of subjects, is a subtle mix of satire and the sublime. This course is an introduction to Chaucer’s poetry, including but not limited to his masterpiece, the Canterbury Tales. It is also an introduction to the Middle English language. The course is structured around the different genres and literary forms invented or reinterpreted by Chaucer, from tales of courtly love to fabliaux (fables) and dream visions. No prior knowledge of Middle English required.

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