ENGL 305
The Canterbury Tales Fall 2021
Division I

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Composed in the last decades of the fourteenth century, The Canterbury Tales is a brilliant pastiche of competing forms. Saints’ lives, dirty stories, tales of revenge, sermons, fart jokes–they are all in the mix. We will read the Tales in the original Middle English, which is easier (and more fun) than it looks; no prior exposure to Middle English is necessary. We will also read sections of the Decameron and the 1001 Nights.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 12
Class#: 1916
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent quizzes on vocabulary and comprehension, practice reading Middle English aloud, two 5- to 7-page papers, a midterm, and a final exam
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A

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