This course introduces Medieval culture through some of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. All the lectures,
class presentations, discussions, and reports will be in English.
Week 1 (No class on Tuesday) Introduction to the Middle Ages and Chaucer. My home page Introduction to Chaucer
. My Chaucer links. Medieval links.
Week 2 (No class Thursday, Mass) Introduction continued The Cambridge Troilus picture. The Caxton editions.
Week 3 The General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales (Text with notes) (General Introduction) (Extracts in modernized spelling)
(Edwin Duncan's online text with pop-up translations and notes for Netscape / Explorer) Images from Ellesmere. Images from several Mss.
Week 4 (The General Prologue continued)
Week 5 The Knight's Tale (Full text) (Abbreviated text) (Abbreviated text in PDF format for printing.)
Week 6 (continued)
Week 7 (continued) (no class Thursday, Easter)
Week 8 Mid-term Exams
Week 9 The Nun's Priest's Tale (Text)
Marie de France's Fable
Week 10 (continued)
Week 11 The Wife of Bath : Prologue and Tale (General Introduction) Texts in modern spelling (Adobe Acrobat file)
Week 12 (continued)
Week 13 The Pardoner's Introduction, Prologue and Tale (General Introduction) Texts in modern spelling (Adobe Acrobat file)
Week 14 (continued)
Week 15 (No class Tuesday 6.6) Final Exams
For the Canterbury Tales: Brother Anthony
and Lee Dong-Chun, Textual
Criticism of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (SNU Press) This contains the
text, together with introductions and notes in Korean. You may also use a Korean translation for class preparation.
Texts for all but the Knight's Tale will also be found in the Norton Anthology of English Literature Part 1. The short version of the Knight's Tale can be printed out using the link above.
Brother Anthony's Literature in English Society Part 1: The Middle Ages (Sogang University Press)
Students are strongly encouraged to read most of Brother Anthony's book
during the winter vacation, in preparation, especially the chapter dealing
with Chaucer in his European context (pages 115 - 154). Parts of
Brother Anthony's Home Page may be of help: especially one
with an introduction to Chaucer
(including the Canterbury Tales) and one with a variety of materials about
some other medieval
texts. Any student really interested will also explore the resources
listed on his Medieval
* The social and individual (moral) aspects of the portraits in the
Prologue. The ways in which the narrator influences (and does not influence)
readers' responses to the various pilgrims.
* The influence of Boethius (Consolation of Philosophy) and the question of destiny and human freedom in the Knight's Tale. The way in which the pre-Christian setting affects our reading.
* The contrast between the idealized love of the Knight's Tale and the frankly physical desire of the Miller's Tale.
* The confusing rhetoric of the Nun's Priest's Tale and the question of how an audience is to find the 'moral' of a story.
* The anti-feminist attitude to women expressed in (or challenged in) the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.
* The relationship between the Christian message and the people working in and for the Church in the General Prologue and the Pardoner's Prologue / Tale
Each student will prepare a Research File with pictures and (handwritten) text about the society and culture of England in the 14th century ("Backgrounds to Chaucer") for submission in the 12th week of semester.
For the Midterm Evaluation, each student will write a report about the contrast between love and chivalry in the Knight's Tale (due on the Tuesday after the exams). Students who will be away on teaching practice should write a report about the way Chaucer writes the portraits of the pilgrims in the General Prologue and submit it before they leave.
Each student will prepare a final report of some length (due
on the Monday after the exams), discussing the three Tales
we study after the midterm exam, treating each Tale separately before a
comparing the three. The study will deal with the way each story is
told ("narratorial technique"), with the tensions between male and
female in the first two tales, and with the philosophical, moral or
human issues underlying the tales.
In addition to the above assignments, there will be a midterm and a
final examination. Each exam and report will be of equal importance, the
Scrapbook will be equal to 50% of a report..