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ENGL 7742 Chaucer: Verse History (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

A practical and theoretical introduction to issues in medieval and modern poetics, focalized through Chaucer’s verse forms. Emphasis on metrical form, the momentum of metrical traditions, the translation of prosody between languages, and the circulation of cultural stereotypes about meter. We ask how poetic traditions develop, why they endure or disappear, and how the practice and theory of meter changes over time. Units on the alliterative tradition, Chaucer’s tetrameter, Chaucer’s pentameter, and fifteenth-, sixteenth-, and nineteenth-century English pentameters.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Eric Weiskott

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 16-Jan-15