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Chaucer and the Critical Power of Medieval Literature

ENGL 207
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: MDST 207
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.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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