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Fall 2017 Undergraduate English Courses

358:306 Chaucer

01  MTH3  CAC  18483  SCANLON  MU-208

Geoffrey Chaucer was the first poet who wrote in English to be read continuously from his own time to the present, and, with the possible exception of William Shakespeare, the single most influential poet in the entire English-speaking tradition.  This course will focus on his greatest work, the Canterbury Tales.  We will explore this collection both for its significance within its own culture and for its continuing significance for ours.  We will also consider a variety of current and recent critical perspectives, including feminism and ecofeminism, historicism, formalism, and queer theory.  Previous knowledge of Middle English, while helpful, is not necessary.

Requirements: Regular attendance; two 2-3 pp. papers, mid-term and final.

Reading list: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales