Faculty of Arts
Middle English: Chaucer and Romance
An introduction to medieval narrative, centred on tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, the greatest English poet of the fourteenth century and one of the finest narrative poets in the language. Along with the Chaucer tales, we study a number of contemporary short romances, mostly anonymous, that display the narrative possibilities of the genre, the typical interest in adventure and passion, as well as the textual practices employed by poets in a manuscript or performance culture. The selection of tales by Chaucer include examples of romances that are both like and different from the anonymous romances, but, exceptionally, also represent a sustained effort to explore the problematic relationship of love and marriage.
Not taught in 2012
Coordinator(s) Roger Nicholson
Coursework + exam
ENGLISH 359: 15.0 points
30 points at Stage II in English