ENGL 305(F) Chaucer

A study of the Canterbury Tales in their literary, linguistic, and historical contexts. The goals of the course are to make students comfortable and confident in reading and pronouncing Middle English, and to give them a strong critical grasp of the qualities that make Chaucer one of the undisputed "giants" of the English literary tradition and perhaps its greatest comic writer. Combination lecture and discussion. Requirements: Frequent quizzes and practice in reading aloud. Evaluation will be based on the quizzes, as well as frequent electronic journal postings, one or two 5- to 7-page papers, and a final exam. Prerequisite: a 100-level English course, except 150. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected: 15-20). (Pre-1700)