Monday Aug. 22
Introduction to Course
Monday Aug. 29
(I.a) The General Prologue

(I.b) Teach Yourself to Read Chaucer, Lessons 1-5
(continue with Lessons 6-10 on your own)

 Monday Sep. 5 No Class — Labor Day Holiday
Monday Sep. 12
(I) The Knight’s Tale
Background Links Who Were Knights and What Was Their Ethos?
Study Guides: The Knight’s Tale, Parts One & Two
Backgrounds to Romance: Courtly Love
Courtly Love Study Guide
Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy
Recommended Susan Crane, “Medieval Romance and Feminine Difference in the Knight’s Tale,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 12 (1990): 47-63.
Monday Sep. 19
(I.a) The Miller’s Tale & (I.b) The Reeve’s Tale

(II) Lee Patterson, “A Lecture on Chaucer”

Background Links
Note on Medieval Fabliaux

Study Guides: Miller’s Tale and Reeve’s Tale
Recommended (1) Howard Bloch, “Medieval Misogyny,” Representations 20 (1987): 1-24.

(2) Elaine Tuttle Hansen, “Woman as the Same in the A-Fragment,” in Chaucer and the Fictions of Gender (University of California Press, 1992).
Monday Sep. 26
(I) The Man of Law’s Tale
Background Links  Study Guide: Man of Law’s Tale
Recommended Susan Schibanoff, “Worlds Apart: Orientalism, Antifeminism, and Heresy in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale,” Exemplaria 8.1 (1996): 59-96.
Monday Oct. 3
(I) The Wife of Bath’s Prologue & Tale
Background Links Study Guide: Wife of Bath’s Prologue & Tale
“Computer Judges Wife of Bath to be Chaste” (BBC News)
(1) Timothy O’Brien, “Seductive Violence and Three Chaucerian Women,” College Literature 28.2 (2001): 178-196.
(2) Mary Carruthers, “The Wife of Bath and the Painting of Lions,” PMLA 94 (1979): 209-222.
Monday Oct. 10
Oral Pronunciation Exercise Due + Review
Monday Oct. 17
(I.a) The Friar’s Tale & (I.b) The Summoner’s Tale
Background Links Study Guides: The Friar’s Tale
and The Summoner’s Tale
The Structure of Dante’s Inferno

Allegory in the Middle Ages
(1) Richard Neuse, “The Friar and the Summoner: Chaucerian Contrapasso,” in Chaucer’s Dante: Allegory and Epic Theater in The Canterbury Tales (University of California Press, 1991).

(2) Glending Olson, “Measuring the Immeasurable: Farting, Geometry, and Theology in the Summoner’s Tale,” The Chaucer Review 43.4 (2009): 414-427.
Monday Oct. 24 Short Paper #1 Due

(I) View: A Knight’s Tale (film)

(II) Read: George Edmondson, “Naked Chaucer,” in The Post-Historical Middle Ages, ed. Elizabeth Scala and Sylvia Frederico (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)