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The Canterbury Tales

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Course Description

A guy walks into a bar... and lands himself a spot on a tour with the most colorful cast of characters ever to fill the pages of English literature.

In this course on The Canterbury Tales, we'll dig in to the life and times of Chaucher and meet a few interesting folks along the way. Among them?

  • A desperate housewife who's been schooled by five husbands—and taught them a thing or two, too.
  • The medieval version of Superman, cape and all.
  • A crafty door-to-door salesman who's in the business of pardons. And body parts.

 
Sound like a rip-roarin' good time? It will be.

Technology Requirements

  • Microsoft Office, Google Docs, or another word processing program
  • A scanner (or access to one) 
  • All other work can be done via the Shmoop website.

Course Breakdown

    Unit 1. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

    These fifteen lessons will be your crash course in all things Canterbury. You'll read The General Prologue along with all the goods from the Wife of Bath, The Knight, The Miller, and the Second Nun. Add a few Medieval buzzwords into the mix (anticlericalism, anyone?) and you'll be an expert in no time.

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