English | Chaucer
L305 | 28023 | Karma Lochrie

Karma Lochrie

28023 - 9:30a-10:45a TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H

This is not your grandmother's Chaucer course, if indeed, you
have/had a grandmother who took Chaucer.   True, this course will
introduce you to Middle English and medieval culture, both of which
postmodern culture associates with all that is retrograde, violent,
and unenlightened, and this has been the cause of some fear and
loathing among undergraduate English majors in times past.  However,
the Middle Ages and the Chaucer of this course will be unlike any
Middle Ages you thought you knew or heard about.  This Middle Ages
is fraught with controversies over gender, sexuality, race, and
ethnicity, and it makes one of the most politically tumultuous
periods of English history.  This introduction to Chaucer’s
Canterbury Tales and medieval culture will challenge your own
assumptions about the alterity of the past and the “modernity” of
your own present.  The Middle English language will pose a challenge
initially, but as it becomes more familiar and transparent, it will
not only become a critical and intellectual resource, but it will
transform your own relationship to the English language (in a good
way).  Requirements for the course include translation and reading
quizzes, midterm and final exams, and two 7-page papers.