Posts Tagged: Chaucer
A group of authors in Britain is using the format of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales to raise awareness of the plight of modern-day refugees:
They don’t feel safe enough to share their stories themselves … but they have a tremendous frustration at being voiceless.
The canon is what it is, and anyone who wishes to understand how it continues to flow forward needs to learn to swim around in it.
Responding to Yale students’ protesting the English department’s course requirements, Slate’s Katy Waldman argues that English majors should still have to read the “sexist, racist, colonialist, and totally gross” canon of English literature, in addition to a broader range of perspectives....more
With the help of a wonderfully ingenious pattern of inferences — in particular an architectural drawing from 200 years later which happened to include a sketch of Aldgate’s north tower at its margins — Paul Strohm is able to reconstruct the room in which, after a long day weighing bags of wool and writing down columns of figures, Geoffrey Chaucer retired to scratch away at his verse.
The group stopped at the landmarks mentioned in the tale and each pilgrim told their assigned character’s story with full audience participation, anachronistic twists, and sock puppeteering; the bawdiest of which were audio-recorded....more