SoSe 15: S-Modernity and Alterity in the Literatures of Medieval Britain II: Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer's late and most important work which was begun in 1387 and ended incomplete with his death in 1400 will be the subject of the course. It will begin with a survey of Chaucer's life ... Lesen Sie weiter
Geoffrey Chaucer's late and most important work which was begun in 1387 and ended incomplete with his death in 1400 will be the subject of the course. It will begin with a survey of Chaucer's life and works, of his verse technique and of the character of his poetry which is typical of the second half of the fourteenth century in London England. The course will centre on the important prologue and on selected tales. They will be read, translated and discussed with the help of relevant secondary literature. The literary and linguistic analysis will include the most important aspects of Chaucer's literary work, of his formal education and cultural knowledge. The historical as well as the literary contexts, the English political context, the classical, the French and the Italian background will be discussed and exemplified as important aspects as well as Christian ideologies. Last but not least the poetic genres represented in the Canterbury Tales will be analysed.
The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd edition with a new foreword to the 2008 edition by Christopher Cannon, Oxford 2008 is recommended as the best edition and low-priced edition.
A bibliography with the selection of the relevant secondary literature will be handed over to each participant at the beginning.