Reading Assignments (each assignment should
be completed before the class in which it will be discussed; rereading
is strongly recommended):
Wednesday, January 12: General Prologue, to l. 444; in Miller, Chaucer: Sources, Estates theory, pp. 155-60, Ramon Lull, pp. 180-186,lLiterary theory, Richard de Bury, 74-76
Wednesday, January 19: General Prologue, 445 to end; in Miller: Sources,
Gower, pp. 215-227; Literary theory, Dante, pp. 77-81.
Wednesday, January 26: Knight's Tale, parts 3 and 4; in Miller, Sources, p. xvi (Wheel of Fortune), pp. 187-91 (Bonet on honor), pp. 289-90 (Boethius on love).
Wednesday, February 2: Reeve's Prologue and Tale; Cook's Prologue and
Tale (a fragment); Miller, Sources, antifeminist tradition,
Wednesday, February 9: Wife of Bath's Tale.
Wednesday, February 16: Clerk's Tale, l. 610 to end.
Wednesday, March 1: Franklyn's Prologue and Tale
Monday, March 6: Pardoner's Pardoner's Prologue and Tale; Sources, pp. 229-230. Tale of Sir Topas
Wednesday, March 8: Nun's Priest's Tale; Sources, Geoffrey of Vinsauf,
John of Garland, pp. 66-73
Wednesday, March 15: Selections from Parson's Tale: prologue pp. 530-32, the Tale to p. 536; then Part 553-97. Chaucer's Retraction, pp. 606-607.