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Chaucer & English Language

Course Number: 
ENG-393
Minimum Credits: 
4
A study of Chaucer's work, its milieu, and of pre-modern English. By reading the complete Canterbury Tales in Middle English and by class study of pre-modern English, the student gains substantial familiarity with the history of the language as well as the world-view of an ancestral though different culture. Special emphasis is given to the classical heritage through the reading of Robert P. Miller's Chaucer: Sources and Backgrounds and to the history of English through W. Nelson Francis' The History of English and Knapp and Snortum, The Sounds of Chaucer's English.