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ENGL 3393 Chaucer (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Geoffrey Chaucer (d. 1400) 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 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.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Eric Weiskott

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course will fulfill the pre-1700 requirement.


Last Updated: 11-Jan-16