ENG427 201902 undergraduate

Term: 
Winter 2020
Course: 
ENG 427
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Chaucer
Instructors: 

C. Anne Laskaya

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-1517
  • Office: 357 PLC
  • Office Hours: Fall term: T, R 3:35-4:35 and F noon-1 and by appointment. (No hours 10/2 and 10/18)
Department Section Description: 

ENG 427 invites students to engage selections from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Texts will include the more familiar comedic tales, like the Miller’s Tale but also the less familiar elegiac or philosophic tales, the beast fable and several highly problematic tales, like the Clerk’s Tale. Often called ‘the father of English literature,’ Chaucer will be read in the original Middle English, providing students a chance to engage rigorously with one of the most influential late medieval English authors. We will consider what meanings Chaucer has now, in the twenty-first century, for each of us as individuals, but also for our larger socio-cultural milieu.

 

The course also exposes students to important interpretations of Chaucer’s work produced in our own time by scholars who read Chaucerian texts quite differently. This means that besides working on Middle English for the term, students will gain some exposure to and negotiate the differences found within contemporary Chaucerian literary criticism.

 

Close reading, discussion, quizzes, formal papers, and some informal writing will provide the basis for assessment in the course. Discussion, punctuated with occasional lectures, will focus most class sessions. A few lectures will provide literary, cultural, archival, and historical frameworks and will examine linguistic features of texts; however, most work in class--once students gain familiarity with the Middle English--will be discussion-based. We will probe the text, and our own interpretations, locating key interpretative questions and reflecting on our own assumptions from several different analytical perspectives.

Fulfills: 

A-Literature Pre-1500

Literature, Pre-1500 courses focus on writings produced from the Anglo-Saxon to late medieval periods to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.  The study of early periods in particular sensitizes readers to historical transformations of the language itself.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
 

Old Major: A-Literature Pre-1500

Literature, Pre-1500 courses focus on writings produced from the Anglo-Saxon to late medieval periods to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.  The study of early periods in particular sensitizes readers to historical transformations of the language itself.