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Exploration : Comic Chaucer and the English Fabliau

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Denis Renevey
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2013 -> 2014

Pas d'horaire défini.

Séminaire

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

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

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Exploration: Comic Chaucer and the English Fabliau

This second-year seminar introduces students to Middle English language and literature, more particularly to Chaucer, considered to be one of the geniuses of English literature.

After a consideration of fourteenth-century English language, Chaucer's life and his major writings, we will explore the potential of the fabliau for conveying humorous, but also often deeply philosophical questions. We will read five fabliaux by Chaucer, discussing his use of the genre when it was no longer trendy, and the ways by which they elicit reader responses linked to social, political and philosophical concerns.

The aim is to familiarize ourselves with the language, culture and literature of the fourteenth century, and to enjoy Chaucer's comic sense!

Evaluation

This second-year seminar introduces students to Middle English language and literature, more particularly to Chaucer, considered to be one of the geniuses of English literature.

After a consideration of fourteenth-century English language, Chaucer's life and his major writings, we will explore the potential of the fabliau for conveying humorous, but also often deeply philosophical questions. We will read five fabliaux by Chaucer, discussing his use of the genre when it was no longer trendy, and the ways by which they elicit reader responses linked to social, political and philosophical concerns.

The aim is to familiarize ourselves with the language, culture and literature of the fourteenth century, and to enjoy Chaucer's comic sense!

The class will be administered in the following way. There will be an in-class assessment on Week 7, It will consist of a close-reading (around 500 words), which will count for 30% of the final mark. There will be a final in-class assessment on Week 13, which will consist of an essay (around 1000 words), to be written with the support of the primary material. Students will have to answer one out of two questions. This will count for 70% of the final mark. If the final mark is below pass, students will have to take a resit which will take place Wednesday, January 7th 10-12 am (room to be confirmed). The resit will consist in an essay (around 1000 words).

All students are expected to be available on Week 7, Week 13, and 7 January in case of a resit. Failure to attend any of these evaluations should be justified by a medical certificate, provided to Prof. Denis Renevey ideally before the evaluation, but no later than three days following any of the above evaluations. Absence without a medical certificate is considered as a fail.

Bibliographie

Bibliography will be provided via Moodle.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Discovery : Medieval English

Informations supplémentaires

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