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ENGL 411 1G - Chaucer

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


A selection of Chaucer's major works read in Middle English. Instructors will usually emphasize either the Canterbury Tales or Troilus and Criseyde and the dream visions, but alternate combinations of texts are possible. Students will also be introduced to Chaucer's fourteenth-century context. Course Information: Same as MDVL 411. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One year of college literature or consent of instructor.

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Canterbury Critters: The More-Than-Human World of Geoffrey Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer-s poems entangle themselves in the more-than-human world: the narrators of Chaucer-s dream visions encounter pedantic eagles and sexy daisies, while the pilgrims of the Canterbury Tales tell stories about vainglorious roosters and killer rocks. Indeed, in Chaucer-s worldview, humans are themselves not entirely human, trapped as they are between heaven and earth, spirit and flesh, reason and instinct, nature and culture. They are simultaneously -creatures- (God-s handiwork) and -critters- (material beings caught up in the lifeweb). We-ll use these ecologically-inflected insights as points of entry into Chaucer-s poetry, working our way over the course of the semester through the dream visions (Book of the Duchess, Parliament of Fowls, House of Fame, and Legend of Good Women) and a sizable selection of Canterbury Tales. A note about language: we will be reading Chaucer-s poems in t

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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