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Week 12 Recap Blog: Draft

On Monday we continued our discussion of House of Fame, focusing on Book II. The House of Fame is considered a “Dream Vision” , a popular literary device in the the 14th and 15th century in which authors would recount

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Week 11 Recap Blog: Final

Blog Outline 1) Class review for the week 2) Ovid’s Tales in comparison to Chaucer’s representation in “Legend of Good Women” 3) Idea of translatio studii et imperii in relation to the stories over time 3) Online platforms for the Modern Manuscript

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Week 11 Recap Blog: Final

Overview: Week in Review: Summary of class activities in the previous week Ovid vs. Chaucer: Recap of group presentations about Ovid’s version of the tales in The Legend of Good Women, and Chaucer’s version Satire vs. Reinterpretation: Discussion of Chaucer’s

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Recap Blog Draft

Week in Review: On Monday the class divided into their groups formed on the previous Friday in order to continue working on their class presentations. The presentations were designed to compare/contrast a character’s portrayal in Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women

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Week 10 Recap Blog: On the Legend of Good Women

Preface Geoffrey Chaucer left behind a complicated message in The Legend of Good Women. His tales of feminine morality could have simply spelling out his opinions on the social place of women in medieval England, but his love of satire makes

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Week 8 Recap Blog: Final

A Brief Introduction:      In week 8 our class began the design process, laying the groundwork for our eventual finished manuscript.  We were able to define such clear headings and themes throughout this week’s work due to our class’s

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Week 7 Recap Blog: Handwriting, Books, and Relevant Mediums of Expression

Usefulness of Handwriting: Self Expression vs. Standardization Unfortunately, I was not able to attend class on Monday (10/1/2012). However, thanks to the generosity of Will Whiteside, I was able to read his summery of the class and expand on the

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What’s in a Manuscript?

  From Parchment to Poet The week’s (Week 6) discussions opened up a side to Medieval English literature that we had not considered before. Readers have the habit of giving praise only to the author; little beyond the words is

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The Pardoner’s Tale and the Canterbury Tales as a Death Warrant

In week five of our class we discussed Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale” (the prologue and the tale itself) and “The Canterbury Tales as a Death Warrant” chapter from the Jones text. We talked about Chaucer’s depictions of members of the

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Knights, Peasants, and Alchemists, Oh My!

The Knight’s, Miller’s, and Canon’s Yeoman’s Tales     Knights   In class this week, the three tales we read from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales were the Knight’s Tale, the Miller’s Tale, and the Canon’s Yeoman Tale.  The first of these,

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