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ENGL 1F91 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Geoffrey Chaucer, Frame Story


Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 1F91
Professor
Barbara Seeber
Lecture
2

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ENGLISH 1F91
SEPTEMBER, 12, 2016
1. Why Chaucer ?
2. Opening Line (1-18)
3. Narrator
4. Frame Narrative
“The Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer
-Contains character we know and are familiar in english literature
-They are human and are still relevant to contemporary audiences
-Geoffrey Chaucer—english writer commonly referred as the father of english literature
-Played a key role in making english part of a national language
-Key figure in development of english in literacy
-The Scene Opening
-Open with the return of spring
-Paralleles nature and spiritual spring or spiritual rebirth
-Rain imagery through the text
-Rain marks a new beginning
-The opening Prologue also raises question about the motivation of the pilgrimage
-Also sets tensions
-Narrator
-Prologue establishes a framed narrative
-A narrative where one or more characters tell the story
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