English 111

Upper Division Coursework: Chaucer

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2005 Middleton, Anne
Middleton, Anne
TTh 9:30-11 242 Hearst Gym

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"Benson, Larry et al., eds.: The Riverside Chaucer

Recommended Text: Evans, Ruth, et al.: The Idea of the Vernacular: An Anthology of Middle English Literary Theory, 1280-1520 "


"In this lecture course on Chaucer's major works, we will read some short poems and prose selections, including Hous of Fame, Troilus, and possibly Parlement of Foules, then turn to a selection of Canterbury Tales, emphasizing portions of this work not often read in such lower-division surveys as 45A, though we will also (re)read some of the best-known tales. Our central orientation will be to the stylistic range and generic repertory of these texts as vernacular literary works, written in a century when this became solidly established as a viable category of thought, practice, and theory.

All readings will be in Middle English; translations and ""trots"" will not help you gain facility at this, or enable you to do well on quizzes, midterm, and final. Works of Chaucer in the assigned complete-works text may be supplemented occasionally by Middle English readings available online. There will be 2 quizzes early on, a midterm, final, and two short papers (~6 pp each), the first on a topic from an assigned list on the readings through midterm, the second on your choice of topics on CTales; all written work except the final will be due by the last class week of term. "

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