20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Geoffrey Chaucer is not only the most famous medieval English writer, he is also one of the most varied, controversial, and gritty writers at the time. This course aims to introduce students to a wide range of Chaucer's writings, including the Canterbury Tales, while situating Chaucerian writing in its medieval context, which will also allow us to assess the commonly held notion of Chaucer as the father of English literature. We will explore literary, linguistic, material, cultural, religious, and political aspects of his fascinatingly rich body of texts to gauge Chaucer's status as a medieval poet, and interrogate questions of society, gender, tradition and philosophy that his work continues to inspire.

Restrictions on availability: Available to single honour and dual students in the School of English.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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