Chaucer and the Critical Power of Medieval Literature|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
Chaucer's work includes dream-visions, romances, epic, satire, and comedies that continue to astonish readers with virtuosic verse and deft character portraits. Chaucer tests the boundaries of chivalry and medieval romance, reinvents the Classical world, and raises questions about gender and sexuality that do not lose their force even today. Other writers of the time, including William Langland and the poet of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, offer similar probing explorations of Ricardian society, morality, and notions of reality. We will read a range of works from the period, considering carefully the social conditions that produced them and the generic conventions that informed their composition. Most readings will be in Middle English, so we will read slowly and carefully, with attention to the language.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings include selections from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Short Poems, and Dream Visions.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two substantial papers, a class presentation, shorter weekly writing assignments, occasional translation exercises
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History I major requirement and contributes to the British Literature concentration requirements of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Eggers,Will Times: .M...F. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: DWNY113; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 10||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 22||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 5||FR: 0|