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Approaches to Teaching Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Editor(s): Joseph Gibaldi

Pages: xvi & 175 pp.
Published: 1980
ISBN: 9780873524759

"A work of diversity of talent, training, experience, and perspective which is bound together by an obvious common commitment to teach the plenty that exists in Chaucer.... This book should, then, be praised as a significant contribution to the teaching of Chaucer."
College Literature

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

The inaugural volume in the MLA's popular Approaches to Teaching World Literature series comprises bibliographic and instructional essays devoted to the first great English poet. The consultant editor, Florence H. Ridley, notes in her introduction, "As teachers we are faced with the challenge of enabling our students to see how Chaucer's poetry passes the ultimate test of the world's greatest literature." The pieces collected here address the special difficulties of introducing students to Chaucer's language and his political, social, and intellectual milieu.

Like other books in the Approaches series, this volume is divided into two parts. Part 1, "Materials," surveys editions, anthologies, recommended student readings, recordings, films, and other instructional aids. In part 2, "Approaches," fifteen teachers discuss how to present Chaucer in settings ranging from survey courses for nonmajors to seminars devoted to the author. Readers will find within a variety of useful information, including discussions of Chaucer's cultural context, the representation of women in medieval literature, and the theme of pilgrimage in fourteenth-century poetry.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Introduction: The Challenge of Teaching The Canterbury Tales
Florence H. Ridley

Joseph Gibaldi

Works of Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales
Dual-Language Editions and Translations

Required and Recommended Student Readings

Aids to Teaching

The Instructor's Library
Reference Works
Background Studies
Critical and Linguistic Studies



The Student as Reader of Chaucer

Scala Chauceriensis
John H. Fisher

The Chaucer Course: General Overviews

And Glady Teche the Tales of Caunterbury
Thomas J. Garbáty

The Idea of a Chaucer Course
Donald R. Howard

Diverse Folk Diversely They Teach
Emerson Brown, Jr.

On Making Students Relevant to Chaucer
Mary J. Carruthers

The Chaucer Course: Specific Approaches

A Rhetorical and Structural Emphasis
Robert M. Jordan

The Boethian Unity of the Tales
William Provost

The Cultural Context
Terrie Curran

An Approach to Teaching Chaucer's Language
Thomas W. Ross

Survey Courses for Nonmajors

Teaching Chaucer in a Historical Survey of British Literature
Michael West

A New Route Down Pilgrims' Way: Teaching Chaucer to Nonmajors
Stephen R. Portch

The Crooked Rib: Women in Medieval Literature
Susan Schibanoff

Teaching the Backgrounds

The Intellectual, Artistic, and Historical Context
D. W. Robertson, Jr.

The Canterbury Tales in the Tradition of Western Literature: Chaucer as Scholiast and Etymologizer
Ernest N. Kaulbach

Medieval Pilgrimage
Julia Bolton Holloway

Works Cited


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