Return to calling page.
Tuesday, 19 December, 5-8 p.m., 160 Kroeber Hall. BRING BLUEBOOK(S)
Papers will be returned at the final exam.
Second Paper, due Wednesday, 29 November.
Compare any tale in Chaucer to the Wife of Bath's Prologue, the Wife of Bath's Tale, or both. Try to show, with appropriate analysis and citation of specific passages, what kind of influence the Wife of Bath has on the other tale and/or the pilgrim who tells the tale. The tale you choose to discuss may reconsider an issue introduced by the Wife of Bath; may serve as a "weapon" to "quit" the Wife of Bath; or may even (if you can make a sufficiently subtle argument) avoid an issue raised by the Wife of Bath.
You will be held to the "Instructions for writing papers" in the link on the calling page.
First Paper, due Friday, 13 October.
Pick a passage of up to three stanzas in length. Analyze this passage as a piece of poetry, discussing such elements as metaphor, simile, dialogue, irony, structure, or argument. Then apply your analysis to one of the three principal characters in Troilus and Criseyde. The point of the paper is to elucidate character in the story by reference to your selected passage. The paper should be approximately 1000 words in length. Print out the passage on a separate sheet, and attach this to your paper, for example between the cover-page and the body of the paper.
Mid-term examination rescheduled for Monday, 16 October.
Reading 7-9 P.M. Thursday, September 14, 2600 Buena Vista Way
Buena Vista is about 7 blocks north of Campus, connecting with Euclid (turn right one block north of Cedar) and La Loma (turn left one block north of Cedar).
English 111 CHAUCER Fall 2000 Mr. Nelson 30 Wheeler Hall
NB: Introductions and relevant prologues and/or epilogues are included in the reading for the day.
Mo Aug 28 Introduction; "Adam Scriveyn" We 30 Book of the Duchess Fr Sep 01 Mo 04 Labor Day Holiday We 06 Romance of the Rose (selections) Fr 08 Troilus and Criseyde, Book I Mo 11 We 13 Troilus and Criseyde, Book II Fr 15 Mo 18 Troilus and Criseyde, Book III We 20 Fr 22 Troilus and Criseyde, Book IV Mo 25 We 27 Troilus and Criseyde, Book V First Paper Due Fr 29 Canterbury Tales: General Prologue Mo Oct 02 We 04 Fr 06 Mo Mar 09 We 11 Fr 13 Midterm Examination Mo Mar 16 Knight's Tale We 18 Fr 20 Mo 23 Miller's Tale We 25 Reeve's Tale; Cook's Tale Fr 27 Man of Law's Tale Mo 30 Wife of Bath's Prologue We Nov 01 Wife of Bath's Tale Fr 03 Friar's Tale; Summoner's Tale Second Paper Due Mo 06 Clerk's Tale We 08 Merchant's Tale [double-penalty for absence] Fr 10 Veterans' Day Holiday Mo Apr 13 Franklin's Tale [double-penalty for absence] We 15 Pardoner's Prologue and Tale Fr 17 Shipman's Tale Mo 20 Prioress's Tale We 22 Tale of Sir Thopas; Tale of Melibee [double-penalty for absence] Fr 24 Thanksgiving Day Holiday Mo 27 Monk's Tale [double-penalty for absence] We 29 Canon's Yeoman's Tale Third Paper Due Fr Dec 01 Parson's Tale; Retraction Mo May 04 CATCH-UP AND REVIEW WEEK We 06 Fr 08 Final Examination: Tuesday, 19 December, 5-8 p.m.
1) You are expected to have read each assignment in advance of the class-period in which that assignment is discussed, and to make regular contributions to class discussions.
2) You are expected to attend class regularly: attendance will be taken most days. Unexcused absences beyond three will result in a reduction in the final grade by one grade-increment (i.e. from B- to C+) for each such absence.
3) Do not miss class on the day a paper is due: missing class is a graver sin and will incur a harsher penalty than submitting a paper a day late.
4) Several Chaucer readings will be organized during the semester, late-afternoons and evenings. Although you are not required to attend, you are urged to participate in at least one reading.
5) You are reminded of the Department of English policy regarding plagiarism.
6) Final admonition: You are required to read all poems assigned over the semester. The mid-term and final examinations will be designed to test whether you have done the required reading. Failure to accomplish the required reading will be grounds for a failing final grade regardless of how well you may do in other aspects of this course.