צ'וסר: סיפורי קנטרברי
Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
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Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales צ'וסר: סיפורי קנטרברי
Advanced Course קורס בחירה
Dr. Jonathan Stavsky ד"ר יונתן סטבסקי
Gradually composed during the last two decades of the fourteenth century, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is among the most important collections of verse narratives ever written. It is a work that continually probes the very nature of storytelling and representation while tackling issues as diverse as the mutability of fortune, the status of women and the relations between husband and wife, religious piety and hypocrisy, social conflict, and much more besides. Its thematic variety is matched by an equal wealth of forms, many of which were—and still remain—highly experimental.
This course will aim to read the Canterbury Tales from cover to cover, together with selected critical essays demonstrating the major approaches that scholars have brought to bear on this work. No prior knowledge of Chaucer’s language is required. However, all texts will be studied in the original. By the second half of the semester, you are expected to become proficient in the grammar, core vocabulary, and pronunciation of the London dialect of Middle English, the basis of Early Modern English. Students who successfully complete the requirements of the course should be able to analyze, contextualize, theorize, and savor Chaucer’s poetry. They will also be qualified to pursue advanced seminars on this and other medieval authors.
In advance of the course, please get hold of one of the following editions:
Additional texts will be made available on the course website or read from online repositories.
Requirements and Evaluation
Note that (1) all tales must be read together with their prologues and epilogues, where applicable, and (2) for each class, you must prepare both the Chaucerian tale listed in the syllabus and the respective critical essay posted on Moodle.