How does what Dinshaw describes of the way medieval glossing worked help her to interpret the Wife of Bath’s performance in the Prologue? What is the interpretation Dinshaw comes up with as a result?
Consider the two biographical texts you read for Thursday (the first two items on the schedule: one a section of the introduction to the Broadview Canterbury Tales, the other by Holsinger in the Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales). What do you think is the larger purpose of each text? How does that purpose influence the style and method of each text? And in the end, how does each text encourage you to think about its subject, Geoffrey Chaucer?
We’re going to have a great time this semester hanging out with Chaucer and a number of his fans (academics and poets and fiction writers), and I’m working to provide some opportunities to read, think, write, and create that might make a fan of you, too, by the end of it.
Everything for the course is here on the course blog, with OAKS used rarely and only for submitting certain assignments.
We’ll meet Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 12:15 in Maybank 119 and get the party started. See you then! And if you have any questions in the meantime, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.