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Chaucer with John Fleming

This collection captures the in-class lectures of John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus in his final semester teaching his iconic undergraduate course on Geoffrey Chaucer, Fall 2005.

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The Idea of The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer's idea for The Canterbury Tales as a collection of framed tales, presented by John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus.

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18 Sep 2005

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The General Prologue

The ways in which The General Prologue establishes the foundation for his framed narratives in The Canterbury Tales, presented by John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus.

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17 Sep 2005

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Knight’s Tale (i)

The first part of The Knight's Tale, presented by John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus.

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16 Sep 2005

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Knight’s Tale (ii)

The second part of The Knight's Tale, presented by John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus.

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15 Sep 2005

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Miller's Tale

The Miller's Tale, a comparison with The Knight's Tale, and the religious themes of this work, presented by John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus.

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14 Sep 2005

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The Wife of Bath (i)

Introduction of the character of the Wife of Bath and an exploration of the themes of The Wife of Bath's Tale, presented by John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus.

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13 Sep 2005

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The Wife of Bath (ii)

Continuation of the analysis of the Wife of Bath, who had been introduced in the previous lesson on The Wife of Bath's Tale, presented by John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus.

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12 Sep 2005

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The Summoner

The themes of Christian and moral perfection in The Summoner's Tale, presented by John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus.

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11 Sep 2005

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The Friar

The character of the Friar and the different themes of The Friar's Tale, presented by John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus.

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10 Sep 2005

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The Franklin

The concept of a "franklin" in The Franklin's Tale and and accompanying tale analysis, presented by John Fleming *63, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus.

49mins

9 Sep 2005

Rank #10