L305 7254 CHAUCER
11:15a-12:30p TR (30 students) 3 cr. A&H.
This course is an introduction to the Middle English language and a study of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in terms of the tumultuous fourteenth century. Issues of class, gender, and race will be in the forefront of our study, and students will be expected to research these issues from assigned web sites and readings. In addition, we will be paying ongoing attention to the multiple ways in which the “medieval” functions in modern culture by looking at relevant movies, the recent BBC series presenting modern versions of the tales, and a recent novel by Peter Ackroyd, The Clerkenwell Tales. Course requirements will include several translation quizzes, two papers, a midterm and final exam.