Jenifer Sutherland




Sept. 12
Introduction. Chaucer’s Language. Selected Short Poems

Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy

Sept. 26
The Book of the Duchess

Oct. 3
The House of Fame

Oct. 10
The Parliament of Fowles

Oct. 17
Legend of Good Women (‘Prologue Text F’; Cleopatra)

Oct. 24
In-class essay; Troilus and Criseyde (Book I)

Oct. 31
Troilus and Criseyde (Book I)

Nov. 7
Troilus and Criseyde (Book II)

Nov. 14
Troilus and Criseyde (Book III)

Nov. 21
Troilus and Criseyde (Book IV)

Nov. 28
Troilus and Criseyde (Book V)

Dec. 5
In-Class Test


Jan. 9
General Prologue; Knight’s Tale

Jan. 16
Miller’s Prologue and Tale; Reeve’s Prologue and Tale, Cook’s Prologue and Tale

Jan. 23
Man of Law’s Introduction, Prologue, Tale, and Epilogue; Prioress’s Tale

Jan. 30
Clerk’s Prologue and Tale; Merchant’s Prologue, Tale and Epilogue

Feb. 6
Squire’s Introduction and Tale; Franklin’s Prologue and Tale

Feb. 13
Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale

Feb. 20

Feb. 27
Physician’s Tale; The Shipman’s Tale

Mar. 6
Pardoner’s Introduction, Prologue and Tale

Second Essay Due

Mar. 13
Friar’s Prologue and Tale; Summoner’s Prologue and Tale; The Prologue and Tale of Sir Thopas; The Tale of Melibee

Mar. 20
The Monk's Tale; the Nun’s Priest’s Prologue, Tale, and Epilogue

Mar. 27
The Second Nun’s Prologue and Tale; The Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue and Tale

Apr. 3
The Manciple’s Prologue and Tale; The Parson’s Prologue and Tale; Chaucer’s Retraction

Apr. 10

Overview and Review

Apr. 21

EXAM 7-10 pm in UC West Hall LO201

Evaluation I Schedule I Supplementary Readings I Links



Chaucer, The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd ed., Benson, ed. (Houghton Mifflin);
Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, trans. Green (Bobbs-Merril).

Recommended Readings:

Vergil, Aeneid;
Ovid, Metamorphoses;
Jean de Meun, The Romance of the Rose

Short supplementary on-line readings may be assigned throughout the year.

Evaluation I Schedule I Supplementary Readings I Links


First Term:

quizzes, translation exercises, lecture minutes 10%
in-class essay 15%
term test 15%

Second Term:

quizzes and translation exercises 5%
essay 20%
final exam 35%

Minutes and Mini Reports:

All minutes and short reports should be sent by attachment to me electronically (via email) by Monday after your Thursday presentation or minute-taking duty. This way I can return them with suggestions in time to receive a final draft by Wednesday or Thursday at the very latest You will be assigned a grade out of 5 on your first draft submitted.

Minutes and Mini Reports should be double-spaced, two pages in length (approximately) and in black type. No illustrations, please. They take up too much memory and make for an inconsistent format. Please include your sources: text and web. Minute takers: I will give you my references for the lecture where these are appropriate. If you use web resources, be selective and use more than one. Some sites are pretty sketchy. Please check at least one book source as well. I will be glad to give you suggestions for reading.

If you have any questions BEFORE you give reports in class, make sure you get them to me in good time. I can not always attend to email the moment it comes in. Allow a day at least—two is safer.

Evaluation I Schedule I Supplementary Readings I Links


Evaluation I Schedule I Supplementary Readings I Links