MEMS 465 - Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
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With permission of instructor.
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This course satisfies the Pre-1600 requirement for English Concentrators.

May not be repeated for credit.
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This class is an introduction to the work of the most influential literary figure of the English Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer, and it focuses on his major work, the Canterbury Tales, a complex exploration of late medieval literary traditions and the communities with which they were affiliated. Embracing narratives about politics and social class, sex and marriage, religious practices and differences, and more, the Canterbury Tales helped to establish literature as an important forum for thinking about social life at the beginning of the English literary tradition.

No prior knowledge of medieval language or literature required (though it would be helpful!). After learning to read and pronounce Chaucer's Middle English, we will proceed to a close analysis of the tales, attending to their literary and the historical contexts.

Course requirements include active participation, quizzes, informal in-class writing, and two essays.

MEMS 465 - Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
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001 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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