Fall 2019

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

Listed in: English, as ENGL-332

Formerly listed as: ENGL-31


Ingrid L. Nelson (Section 01)


[Before 1800] Geoffrey Chaucer’s medieval masterwork, The Canterbury Tales, represents pilgrims from all walks of life, from peasants to artisans to nobility, telling tales that are comical, tragic, religious, and fantastical. In this course, we read almost the entirety of the Tales in its original language. The course aims to give the student rapid mastery of Chaucer’s English and an active appreciation of his poetry. Our focus will be on Chaucer’s poetry and the ethical and political questions this complex and delightful literary work raises, and how we can understand these questions within a modern context. No prior knowledge of Middle English is expected, although a knowledge of grammar in English or another Western language will be helpful.

Fall semester. Professor Nelson.


Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2019