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Fall 2015-2016
* ENG 312 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit


Andrew Cole

Look up Geoffrey Chaucer in the Urban Dictionary, and you will find an entry describing him as the original urban dictionary, a "medieval poet" whose Canterbury Tales "is a collection of stories filled with plenty of swearing, slang, and fart jokes." In this course we will read and discuss that Chaucer--the brilliant, hilarious, dirty poet of the Canterbury Tales. We will enjoy this fun, often moving text while learning about the poet's artistry, both the literary traditions he so deftly works over, and the sexual, political, and religious issues he so astutely figures and, as is so often the case, perverts.

Sample reading list:
Chaucer, ed. Jill Mann, The Canterbury Tales
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately one Tale for each class, plus some secondary reading. Three (7-page) papers. Reading quizzes and short in-class brainstorming assignments, counting as participation.

Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other information:
Department Distribution: British Foundations.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23153 S01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   48   Enrolled:10 Limit:18