ENGLISH 465 - Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
Fall 2022, Section 001 - The Canterbury Tales: Telling Tales, Medieval and Modern
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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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 collection of stories presented as tales told by different tellers. Through this structure, the Canterbury Tales explores how stories create and sustain communities, how they can be used to challenge established social identities, and how and why some kinds of stories are valued or devalued. They do this through narratives that take up questions about friendship, family, sex, politics, religion, and more. Above all, they explore the way that stories always belong, in some way, to someone other than the teller: to earlier or geographically distant cultures, to enthusiastic and critical audiences, as well as to the ‘future’ (a word that Chaucer introduced to the English language). We’ll end the course by considering some of the Canterbury Tale’s own futures in modern works that think about what stories can do and what it means to tell someone else’s story: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, Gloria Naylor, Bailey’s Café, and Refugee Tales, a collection of stories about refugees detained in Britain written by various contemporary writers.


Major Requirements: Pre-1642 & Poetry


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

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