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Chaucer and Film

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): René Roelof Overmeer, Denis Renevey
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2006 -> 2006

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'été
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Several film directors have been inspired by some of the tales which make the story collection called The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer. Pier Paolo Pasolini offered his sexually explicit and provocative rendering in 1971, as the second part of his triptych called A Trilogy of Life. If Michael Powell's A Canterbury Tale (1944) interprets much more loosely Chaucer's original, it plays most subtly with the notion of journey by describing in the context of WWII three modern pilgrims, a melancholy country girl, and American GI and a British sergeant. The last translation of some of the Canterbury Tales is from the 21st century, with an original BBC project involving several young directors in producing modern adaptations of Chaucer's work. The result is a fascinatingly evocative and sprightly rendering of one of the masterpieces of English literature. During the first part of this seminar, we shall read in Middle English some of the tales used for those adaptations, among them 'The Miller's Tale', 'The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale' and 'The Pardoner's Tale'.


Set text: The Riverside Chaucer, ed. Larry Benson, 3rd ed. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987).

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