ENGL402 - Chaucer

This course will focus on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, read in Middle English. Lectures and class discussion will situate Chaucer's work in late medieval England, considering its relation to his contemporary social and political world, to other texts of the period, and to writing and reading in a manuscript culture. We'll examine Chaucer's work in light of some of the topics that preoccupied him throughout his career: literary tradition; the construction of social, political, and textual authority; and questions of gender.  We’ll also explore how and why Chaucer remains a writer relevant to our own time. Students can expect required work to include quizzes, posts to a discussion board, two papers, and a final examination.


Two English courses or permission of department.