80699, Section 01, 11-12:15 MW, H/SS 210
Dr. Thomas Harrison
Office H/SS 221
Fax (Humanities) 478-471-5794
Humanities Division 478-471-5793
Office Hours: 2-4 p. m. MW
11-12 noon, 2-4 p. m. TR
and by appointment
Prerequisite or Corequisite: At least a C in English 3010.
Texts: Chaucer. Dream Visions and Other Poems. Norton Critical Edition, 2007.
---. The Canterbury Tales, 2nd ed. Norton Critical Edition, 2005.
Purpose: The study of the early and shorter works of Geoffrey Chaucer as preparation for the study of his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales. Emphasis on Chaucer’s place early in English literature and the enormous influence his work has had on subsequent culture.
Formal Requirements: 3-4 short papers, midterm and final exams. The papers will be short, 500 words or a little more, will focus on a specific passage from Chaucer's work, and will relate that passage to something in the Sources and Backgrounds readings in the textbooks or outside them. MLA format is desirable. The exams will be essay exams.
Research: The internet offers many sources and translations for the study of Chaucer. Use it, and use the sources available in GALILEO.
Attendance: Class attendance and participation are expected. Attendance will be especially important because we will be working directly with the text in Middle English. 80% attendance is required for successful completion of the course regardless of circumstances.
Student Conduct: As a Middle Georgia State College student and as a student in this class, you are responsible for reading, understanding, and abiding by the MGSC Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct is included in the MGSC Student Handbook and is available online at
Disability Accommodations: Students seeking academic accommodations for a special need must contact Middle Georgia State College Office of Disability Services in Macon at (478) 471-2985 or in Cochran at (478) 934-3023. Students may also visit the Disability Services Office in room 266 of the Student Life Center on the Macon campus or in Sanford Hall on the Cochran campus.
Assessment: The grades count equally in the final average. In the case of a borderline average, later work will be more persuasive than early work.
Society and science in the Middle Ages
The development of English
The House of Fame
Anelida and Arcite
The Canterbury Tales in order
Midterm when we finish "The Knight's Tale," second or third week in October.
Last day for W: October 16. Withdrawal Policy : Students may withdraw from the course and earn a grade of “W” up to and including the midterm date, which occurs on October 16. After midterm, students who withdraw will receive a grade of “WF.” The MGSC Withdrawal Form, which is available online or in the Office of the Registrar, must be signed by the instructor in advance of withdrawal.
Final Exam: Friday, December 13, 10:30 a. m.-12:30 p. m.
A Pronouncing Guide to Chaucer's English
A Handful of Words