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Exploration : Social Chaucer

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2016 -> 2016

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

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


In Chaucer and the Subject of History, Lee Patterson writes that the Canterbury Tales are "the shrewdest and most capacious analysis of late-medieval society we possess" (1991, p. 26). Considering that it is virtually impossible to study Chaucer separate from his contemporary context, this seminar seeks to tackle the problem head on and focus on the theme of social structure(s), tensions, and change in a selection of Chaucer's works, within his famous Tales and beyond. This will allow us to study a variety of genres and voices in which social strife is illustrated, and let us appreciate the poet's polyvocality and taste for unresolvedness. We will also reflect on the uses and limitations of reading literature historically.


The Riverside Chaucer, ed. by Larry D. Benson


In addition to active participation and a short group oral presentation, students will take:

1) A written mid-term evaluation consisting of a 500-word close-reading of a passage from the texts studied in class. The time allocated is 60 minutes. The result will count for 30% of the final mark.
2) A final evaluation consisting of a 1,000-word essay, to be written with the support of the primary material and an English-English dictionary. The time allocated is 120 minutes. The result will count for 70% of the final mark.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Discovery : Medieval English

Informations supplémentaires


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