ENGL/MDST 316/WTSG 305: GEOFFREY CHAUCER
Distribution I course
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400) and his literary, cultural, and philosophical backgrounds. Readings will include short poems, a dream vision, select Canterbury Tales, and the Troilus. As well, film versions and adaptations of The Canterbury Tales will be available.
Note: Graduate students can sign up for this course as an English Department Graduate Directed Reading.
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Riverside Chaucer, ed. Larry D. Benson, 3rd ed. (Oxford, 1988), pb. 0192821091 Used $34.00 (amazon.com) PR1851 .B46 1987
Cassette Recording, The General Prologue, by Paul Thomas (Provo: The Chaucer Studio, 1994).
Robert P. Miller, ed. Chaucer: Sources and Background (Oxford, 1977), pb., 0195021673 $29.95 PR1912 .A2 C48
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, trans. V.E. Watts (Penguin), pb. $11.16 0140447806 B659.C2 E59 1969
Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, trans. Nevill Coghill (Penguin, rpt. 1995) $9.95 0140442391PR1870 .A1 C63 1977
FILMS (ON RESERVE at Fondren; digital streaming at Language Resource Center):
Pier Paolo Pasolini, dir., The Canterbury Tales, 1971 (English subtitles available); DVD PN1997 .C368 2003 (106 mins.)
BBC Canterbury Tales (Miller¡¯s Tale, Wife of Bath¡¯s Tale, Knight¡¯s Tale, Captain¡¯s Tale, Pardoner¡¯s Tale, Man of Law¡¯s Tale), 2004; DVD & VHS PN1997.2 .C267 2004 (338 minutes total) PN1997.2 .C2678 2004 v. 1-3 (VHS)
Danny Boyle, dir., A Shallow Grave, 1995; DVD (94 mins.) Screenplay: http://inflow.corky.net/scripts/shallowGrave.html -
Tu Aug. 29 Introduction: See Pasolini¡¯s Canterbury Tales (possibly 4-6 p.m.)
Th Aug. 31 Chaucer's Short Poems: ¡°To Rosemounde¡±
Tu Sept. 5 "Gentilesse," "Truth"
Th Sept. 7 "Complaint to His Purse" Short Paper #1 Due
Tu Sept. 12 Book of the Duchess
Read Macrobius, from the Commentary on the Dream of Scipio, in Miller, pp. 44-52
Th Sept. 14 Read Ovid, ¡°Ceyx and Alcyone,¡± from the Metamorphoses, in Miller, pp. 106-12
And Andreas Capellanus, from The Treatise on Love, ¡°Distinctions concerning Love¡± and ¡°The Rules of Love,¡± in Miller, pp. 291-99
Tu Sept. 19 General Prologue to the CT: Introduction and Retraction to the Canterbury Tales
Listen to the General Prologue on tape
Th Sept. 21 The Knight: Read Geoffroi de Charny, from The Book of Chivalry: ¡°The Making of a Knight,¡± in Miller, pp. 166-68; R¨¢mon Lull, from The Book of the Order of Chivalry, on ¡°The Origins and Purpose of Chivalry,¡± and ¡°The Office of Knighthood,¡± in Miller, pp. 180-86
Film Showing: 4-5 p.m. BBC Canterbury Tales: Knight¡¯s Tale
Th Sept. 28 The Wife of Bath, the Merchant, the Miller, the Reeve
Read Ovid, from Amores, on ¡°The Lover¡¯s Warfare,¡± in Miller, pp. 286-88
Film Showing: 4-5 BBC Canterbury Tales: Wife of Bath
Th Oct. 5 Short Paper #2 Due
Film Showing: 4-5 BBC Canterbury Tales: Pardoner
Tu Oct. 10 Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, Books 1-3
Th Oct. 12 Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, Books 4-5
Fr Oct. 13 Mid-term Exam due at 9 A.M.
Tu Oct. 17 Mid-term break
Th Oct. 19 Knight¡¯s Tale, Part One
Read: Giovanni Boccaccio, from the Teseide, ¡°Emilia appears to Palemon and Arcita,¡± in Miller, pp. 323-28
Tu Oct. 24 Knight¡¯s Tale, Part Two and Three
Read: Giovanni Boccaccio, from the Teseide, ¡°Arcita¡¯s Prayer to Mars,¡± ¡°Gloss: The Temple of Mars,¡± ¡°Gloss: The Temple of Venus,¡± in Miller, pp. 329-43
Th Oct. 26 Knight¡¯s Tale, Part Four
Tu Oct. 31 Miller¡¯s Tale
Th Nov. 2 Reeve¡¯s Tale
Tu Nov. 7 Wife of Bath's Prologue
Read: Bartholomaeus Anglicus, from The Properties of Things, on ¡°Husband and Wife,¡± in Miller, pp. 385-87; Miller, on ¡°The Antifeminist Tradition,¡± pp. 399-402, Theophrastus, from The Golden Book on Marriage, in Miller, pp. 411-14; and St. Jerome, from The Epistle Against Jovinian, in Miller, pp. 415-36
Tu Nov. 14 Clerk's Tale
Read Petrarch¡¯s Story of Griselda, in Miller, pp. 137-52
Th Nov. 16 Franklin's Tale
Read Giovanni Boccaccio, from Il Filocolo, ¡°The Question of Menedon and Fiammetta¡¯s Opinion,¡± in Miller, pp. 121-35
Tu Nov. 21 Pardoner¡¯s Tale Film Showing 4-6: Danny Boyle¡¯s A Shallow Grave Short Paper #3 Due
Th Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Vacation
Tu Nov. 28 Troilus and Criseyde, Book 1 (in translation)
Th Nov. 30 Troilus and Criseyde, Book 2 & 3
Tu Dec. 5 Troilus and Criseyde, Book 4 & 5
Th Dec. 7 Conclusions
Fr Dec. 8 Exam on Second Part of the Course is Due: 9:00 A.M.
1. Several short (3-5 pp.) papers, any of which except the last can be revised for a possible higher grade
2. Take-home Honor Code-bound e-Midterm and Final Examinations
Papers: 50% of your grade; Exams: 50% of your grade. Participation enhances final grades.
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