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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 379M • Inventing and Re-inventing the Canterbury Tales (CANCELLED)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33530 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 204

Course Description

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales stands as one of the monuments of the English literary canon. In this medieval storytelling collection Chaucer invents a disparate group of narrators to tell tales to each other on the pilgrimage road from London to Canterbury. Inventing this framed tale collection form in English, Chaucer reinvents a number of traditional stories, conventional forms, and genres. In one of the most stunningly original texts of the English Middle Ages, Chaucer reproduces all the major literary tale types of medieval Europe, including courtly romance, fabliau, saints life, moral allegory, tail-rhyme romance, beast fable, and breton lai. At its center, this course will undertake a careful reading of the Canterbury Tales in its original Middle English form. Around our reading of the various inventions and re-inventions within Chaucer's poem, we will also attend to various reinventions of the Canterbury Tales in print, visual and book art, film, music, and drama.

Grading Policy

3 writing assignments:
*4 pp essay 20%
*Two 3 pp midterm essays 20%
* 6-8 pp final essay 25%

Final examination 25%
Classroom performance 10%


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