ENGH 422: Chaucer

ENGH 422-001: Chaucer
(Spring 2024)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Horizon Hall 5001

Section Information for Spring 2024

Social commentary is everywhere these days. But what does it mean to comment on society? And how can we use social commentary to create meaningful change? This class will investigate these questions by studying the works of one of English literature’s most famous social commentators, the medieval poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Although it may seem strange to look to the Middle Ages for insights into contemporary social commentary, we will quickly see that Chaucer’s writing can offer fresh perspectives on celebrity culture, social media, class consciousness, and, of course, how and when social commentary works. No prior experience with Middle English is required; ample class time will be dedicated to learning how to read and pronounce Middle English.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Major works of Chaucer, with emphasis on The Canterbury Tales . Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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