MEMS 465 - Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This course meets the Pre-1600 requirement for English concentrators.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is an anthology of stories varying in style and genre, told by similarly diverse fictional narrators. Including both the stateliness of the Knight's Tale and the ribaldry of the Miller's Tale, it creates a new audience in English for a literature simultaneously playful and serious. We will read most of the Tales, paying attention to the work's qualities as an innovative story collection. Central questions will include: How does the Canterbury Tales address its audience? What is the purpose of its interpretative openness? What relations develop between literary style and social position? We will focus especially on narrative voices and the effects they create in their readers; audio tapes will help us hear these voices in Middle English. One or two short papers, one longer paper, and a final examination.

MEMS 465 - Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
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001 (REC)
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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