|Course Description:||Geoffrey Chaucer is known for ribald tales and sly sense of humor, but his major work, The Canterbury Tales, is also a source of exquisite detail about English society towards the end of the fourteenth century: The Knight, The Squire, The Yeoman, The Prioress, The Second Nun, The Third Nun, The Fourth Nun, The Nun’s Priest, The Second Nun’s Priest, The Third Nun’s Priest, The Monk, The Friar, The Merchant, The Clerk, The Sergeant of Law, Franklin, A Haberdasher, A Carpenter, A Dyer [Guildsmen], A Weaver, The Cook, The Shipman, The Physician, The Wife of Bath, The Parson, The Plowman, The Miller, The Reeve, The Summoner, The Pardoner, The Host, Chaucer, Canon's Yeoman all have backgrounds to illuminate, and the course will try its best.
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September 26: READING: Harvard Website, lines 1-207 Introduction: Chaucer's Time, The Prologue, The Knight, The Squire, The Yeoman, The Prioress, The Second Nun, The Third Nun, The Fourth Nun, The Nun’s Priest, The Second Nun’s Priest, The Third Nun’s Priest, The Monk
October 3: Variety Itself
October 10: City and Country
October 17: The Plan
|About the Instructor:
Kevin Roddy has taught Medieval Literature since 1972, at UC Davis, Loyola University, New Orleans, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has published in the Man of Law's Tale, Medieval and Classical Spirituality, and given papers on the Nuns' Priest's Tale, as well as late medieval culture in general. He loves teaching for OLLI because the students there are full of curiosity, which makes instruction a breeze.