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ENGL 518 Chaucer (Humanities Elective)

(First semester/3 credits) 

This course will focus on two goals: building a working knowledge of selections of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (CT) and developing an understanding of Middle English culture and language through our reading of the texts. Through a close reading of CT, the textual, cultural and political issues important to Chaucer will become more clear. This class is not simply about learning about the writings and ideas of one man who died almost 600 years ago; rather, this course is designed to reinforce your critical skills of understanding ideas andculture through representative (and not so representative) texts.