ENG 410
Chaucer
Tu Th 4:10 - 5:30
118 Berkey Hall
Tess Tavormina
218 Morrill Hall / 318 Linton Hall
Phone: 432-1733 / 432-2691
E-mail: tavrmina@msu.edu
Course Web Portal: 
http://clcgi.cl.msu.edu/~tavrmina/eng410
 Office Hours:
Tu 1-3 pm, 218 Morrill Hall
M 1-4 pm, 318 Linton Hall
and by appt.
TEXTS: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, Complete (ed. Larry D. Benson)
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism; ed. Peter G. Beidler)
Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde (ed. R. A. Shoaf)

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

WORK REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: HONORS OPTION (open to any student in class; satisfactory completion adds an "H" to the course on your transcript):

The Life Reading Project: A service-learning opportunity to share the pleasures of discovering Chaucerís humor and wisdom by discussing them with community members of different age groups from traditional college students, keeping a reflective mini-journal on the experience, and bringing the fruits of that experience back to the class at the end of the semester.  See Honors Option handout and sign-up sheet.
 
 
READING ASSIGNMENTS AND CLASS SCHEDULE
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per class-day
Date Primary Readings and Class Activities (for abbreviations, see Benson, p. 321) Secondary Readings
20 8/28 Intro; GP 1-18 (handout)
500 8/30 GP 1-476 Benson xiii-xxv, 1-3; check out Notes and Glossary at back of book and use as needed; see also the one-page list of important words in back cover of Shoaf and use as needed
800 9/5 GP 477-858; WBT 857-1264 (in Benson or Beidler)
9/7 Discussion 1  Beidler 3-41; skim 291-303 and return to these pages as needed
860 9/12 WBPro 1-856 Beidler 89-114 (critical overview)
1030 (read
ahead!)
9/14 FrPro & FrT 1265-1664; SumPro & SumT 1665-2294
680 9/19 NPPro & NPT 2767-3446
9/21 Discussion 2 Murfin & Hansen, in Beidler 255-89 (feminist criticism)
1020 9/26 KnT 859-1880 (Parts 1 and 2)
1230 9/28 KnT 1881-3108 (Parts 3 and 4)
810 10/3 MilPro, MilT, RvPro 3109-3920 Murfin & Patterson, in Beidler 115-54 (New Historicism) 
10/5 Exam I (45 min.); Discussion 3
1230 10/10 MerPro & MerT 1213-2440
950 10/12 SqT 673-708 (Words of Franklin to Squire); FranPro & FranT 709-1624
10/17 Discussion 4 Murfin & Finke, in Beidler, 155-88
(Marxist criticism)
1090 10/19 Tr 1 (i.e., Troilus and Criseyde, book 1) Shoaf xv-xxvi
1760 10/24 Tr 2
1820 10/26 Tr 3
10/31 Discussion 5 Murfin & Fradenburg, in Beidler 189-220 (psychological criticism)
1700 11/2 Tr 4
1870 11/7 Tr 5
11/9 Discussion 6
11/14 Exam II (45 min.); Chaucer's "ABC" (on-line or 
in-class handout)
360 11/16 "ABC" and selected short poems (on-line or handout); term paper plan and bibliography due
680 11/21 PardPro & PardT 287-968; paper plans returned
11/23 Thanksgiving: NO CLASS
450 11/28 MancPro, MancT 1-362; ParsPro 1-74; Chaucer's 
"Retractions" (Benson, p. 310); full version of term paper due
11/30 Discussion 7 Murfin & Leicester, in Beidler 221-54 (deconstruction)
12/5 Life Reading Project Panel
12/7 Catch-up and wrap-up; essays returned with recommendations for revision
12/13, 5:45-7:45, 
118 Berkey Hall
Discussion 8; Final revision of term paper due; course evaluations

COURSE HANDOUTS (supplementary materials and things to think about while reading and discussing)

INTERESTING CHAUCER LINKS