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Approaches to Teaching Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Second Edition

Editor(s): Peter W. Travis, Frank Grady

Pages: xii & 243 pp.
Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781603291408 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781603291415 (paperback)


“A worthy and needed successor to the 1980 edition, this volume charts in comprehensive fashion the goals that Chaucerians now have when they teach The Canterbury Tales and the methods they have devised to achieve them.”
Warren Ginsberg, Knight Professor of Humanities, University of Oregon

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales was the subject of the first volume in the Approaches to Teaching series, published in 1980. But in the past thirty years, Chaucer scholarship has evolved dramatically, teaching styles have changed, and new technologies have created extraordinary opportunities for studying Chaucer. This second edition of Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales reflects the wide variety of contexts in which students encounter the poem and the diversity of perspectives and methods instructors bring to it. Perennial topics such as class, medieval marriage, genre, and tale order rub shoulders with considerations of violence, postcoloniality, masculinities, race, and food in the tales.

The first section, “Materials,” reviews available editions, scholarship, and audiovisual and electronic resources for studying The Canterbury Tales. In the second section, “Approaches,” thirty-six essays discuss strategies for teaching Chaucer’s language, for introducing theory in the classroom, for focusing on individual tales, and for using digital resources in the classroom. The multiplicity of approaches reflects the richness of Chaucer’s work and the continuing excitement of each new generation’s encounter with it.

Peter G. Beidler
Bethany Blankenship
Michael Calabrese
Jane Chance
Howell Chickering
Andrew Cole
Donna Crawford
Kara Crawford
Holly Crocker
Bryan P. Davis
Martha W. Driver
Robert Epstein
Patricia Clare Ingham
Alexander L. Kaufman
Leonard Michael Koff
Roger A. Ladd
Jacob Lewis
Emma Lipton
Kathryn L. Lynch
Becky McLaughlin
Robert J. Meyer-Lee
Alex Mueller
Florence Newman
Tison Pugh
William Quinn
Larry Scanlon
Nicole Nolan Sidhu
Deborah M. Sinnreich-Levi
Timothy L. Stinson
Lorraine Kochanske Stock
Jamie Taylor
David Wallace
Michelle R. Warren
Tara Williams
Susan Yager

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