ENGL 3005 Canterbury Tales

ENGL 3005: Canterbury Tales
Dr. Kathleen Cawsey
Fall 2019

Course Description
This course studies the hilarious, provocative, pious, conventional, unconventional, and satirical stories that make up Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Each tale will be read in conjunction with one or more explicit theoretical approaches, and we will explore what those approaches can tell us about the text and what they miss. We will also look at some of Chaucer's sources and analogues, and the ways in which Chaucer transformed many of the traditions of medieval literature. By the end of this course, you should be able to read works in Middle English, critically analyse medieval writing, understand a variety of critical approaches to medieval literature, and develop your own arguments drawing on those approaches.