Welcome to the Department of English at Rutgers University

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Geoffrey Chaucer is the first poet writing in English whose work has been read continuously from his own time to our own. He is known as "the father of English poetry" and his burial in Westminster Abbey began the tradition of "Poet's Corner," last resting place of England's most celebrated writers. This course will focus on his most famous and experimental work, the Canterbury Tales. Our primary aim will be to read and enjoy the Tales, understand their historical context, and learn the rudiments of Middle English as a spoken and written language. Aided by critical sources in print and electronic form, we will explore issues of identity and social conflict that connect the older worlds of Chaucer's Tales to our own contemporary moment. Prior knowledge of Middle English not required

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Graduate Program in English


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