English 404

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

Spring 2011

Peck 3315

Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00-12:15pm

 

 

Professor Nancy Ruff

Office:  Peck 2224

Phone:  x3649

Email:  nruff@siue.edu

Office Hours:  TR 10-11AM and by appt.

 

Objective:  This course aims to introduce students to Middle English language, to 14th-century England, and to Chaucer's great literary work.

 

Text:   The Riverside Chaucer

 

Requirements:

Undergraduates:                                                                                           Percent of Course Grade

 research paper, 3600-4800 words                                                                             ††††† 30%

 weekly translation quizzes, recitation, and class participation                              †††† 30%

 oral presentation                                                                                                         †††† 10%

 final exam                                                                                                                  †††† 30%

 

Graduate students:

 conference abstract††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† 10%

 research paper, 3600-4800 words                                                                           ††††††† 30%

 weekly translation quizzes, recitation, and class participation                               ††† 30%

 oral presentation                                                                                                       †††††† 10%

final exam                                                                                                                  †††††† 20%

 

Grading:  See the Requirements section above.

 

Attendance:  Attendance at all classes is highly recommended.  Absence may negatively affect a student's grade. Absence from the first class meeting without prior consultation with the instructor will drop a student from the class.

 

Plagiarism:    Plagiarism is the use of someone else's writing without giving credit to that individual.  Plagiarism can take several forms.  It can consist of paraphrase or word-by-word transcription; the uncited source can be a published work or the unpublished work of another student or acquaintance.  It is every student's responsibility to know what plagiarism is and to avoid committing it.  If you are in doubt, it is better to document a source than not to.  The penalty for this offense, which is quite serious, is outlined in the undergraduate catalog and in the graduate catalog.

 

Schedule

†††††† Note:  Read the prologues and epilogues to all tales as well as the tales themselves in The Riverside Chaucer.

 

Week 1           

1/11           †††††††††††† Introduction to the course, to Chaucer, and to Middle English language

1/13                 †††††† General Prologue

Week 2           

1/18                 †††††† General Prologue; Knightís Prologue

1/20                 †††††† Knight

 

Week 3           

1/25                 †††††† Knight

1/27                 †††††† Knight

 

Week 4           

2/1                   †††††† Miller

2/3                   †††††† Reeve

 

Week 5           

2/8                   †††††† Man of Law

2/10††††††††††† ††††† †††††† Wife of Bath

Week 6     

2/15                 †††††† Friar

2/17††††††††††† ††††† †††††† Summoner

Week 7     

2/22                 †††††† Clerk

2/24††††††††††† ††††† †††††† Merchant

Week 8     

3/1                   †††††† Squire

3/3†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Franklin

 

Week 9      †††††††††††† Spring Vacation

 

Week 10

3/15                 †††††† Physician

3/17††††††††††† ††††† †††††† Pardoner

 

Week 11

3/22                 †††††† Shipman

3/24††††††††††† ††††† †††††† Prioress

 

Week 12   

3/29                 †††††† Sir Thopas

3/31††††††††††† ††††† †††††† Melibee

 

Week 12   

4/5†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Monk

4/7†††††† ††††† †††††††††††† Manciple

 

Week 13   

4/12               †††††††† Nunís Priest

4/14               †††††††† Nunís Priest

 

Week 14         

4/19††††††††††† †††††††††††† Parson

4/22††††††††††† †††††††††††† Parson

 

Week 15 

4/26               †††††††† Retractions; Conclusions

4/28               †††††††† Review for final

 

Final Examination:     Monday, May 2, 2011 10:00-11:40AM in Peck 3315.

 

Links to Chaucer and Medieval Culture Resources:

 

Professor Jane Zatta's "Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales" page

Professor Eileen Joy's Chaucer page

The Hengwrt Manuscript Online

Lovejoy Library