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ENGL 4315 Chaucer and Literary Voice (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course serves both as introduction and intensive exploration of the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer. Since Chaucer's poems consistently foreground questions of "literary voice," we'll take "voice" as our guiding thread and ask throughout the semester: What is the relationship between the author's voice and his characters'? Between the narrator's voice and the author's? Between voices of authority and rebellious voices? Between speech and writing? Speech and nonsense? Speech and song? We'll animate Chaucer's Middle English with our own voices and have a look at manuscripts and illuminations from fourteenth-century England. No previous knowledge of Middle English required.


Instructor(s): Julie Orlemanski

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1700 requirement.


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13