ENG 497 Seminar in English Literature |
The focus of this seminar will be Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The first part of the course will be devoted to close reading and analysis of many well-known tales, such as those by the Miller, the Reeve, the Merchant, the Wife of Bath, the Friar, the Summoner, the Clerk, and the Merchant. We will consider the effect of modern critical perspectives on our readings: what can we learn from historical, psychological, gendered, and structural approaches? In the second half of the course, each student will select a particular Canterbury Tale which will become the subject of a class presentation and a substantial critical essay. The best essays will be nominated for competition at a national Medieval conference.
Prerequisites: English 497; previous experience with Chaucer's English