ENGL 321 A: Chaucer

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
LOW 201
Paul Remley
Paul Remley

Syllabus Description:

Meeting Time:  MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
Location:  LOW 201
Instructor: Paul Remley

The course will stress critical reading and group discussion of the most highly regarded works of Geoffrey Chaucer, starting out with a lively selection of Canterbury Tales and progressing to the more austere, though occasionally comedic, Troilus and Criseyde. We will also look at a number of Chaucer’s neglected compositions, including a wide selection of his so-called “minor” poems (both reflective and quirky) as well as his more widely celebrated “dream-vision” explorations. Class discussion will address the details of Geoffrey Chaucer’s biography, so far as it is known; historical and more broadly cultural backgrounds of his career; recent critical work on the poetry, and the Middle English language itself. There will be a midterm, a second examination in Week Nine, and one major paper.

Catalog Description: 
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and other poetry, with attention to Chaucer's social, historical, and intellectual milieu.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 11:00pm