English 190

Research Seminar: Chaucer and His Contexts


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
16 Fall 2011 Lankin, Andrea
TTh 2-3:30 109 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Chaucer, G.: The Canterbury Tales, ed. J. Mann

Description

The works of Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400) have been canonized as the most important and best-known materials in Middle English literature. But Chaucer did not appear in a vacuum. On the contrary, Chaucer participated in several rich literary communities, responding to existing writings and becoming a figure to whom other writers responded. This class will read the Canterbury Tales and The House of Fame alongside some of the works’ sources, analogues and responses, therefore contextualizing Chaucer in a broad literary climate. It will also introduce students to issues of manuscript history and textual transmission, opening questions about how the texts we encounter have been produced.

We will read most texts in the original Middle English, but French, Latin and Italian materials will be available in translation. Students who have previously enrolled in English 111 (Chaucer) are encouraged to take this class, as it will explore Chaucer’s works from a different angle than most sections of English 111. Previous enrollment in English 45A or in another Middle English literature class is welcome, but not required; no prior knowledge of Middle English is necessary for this class.

This section of English 190 satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

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