Life and Writings of Geoffrey Chaucer
Seth Lerer, Ph.D. Professor, University of California, San Diego
Over the course of these 12 half-hour lectures, Dr. Lerer explains Chaucer’s life, and the world and language in which he wrote.
You’ll learn how Chaucer uses relationships between men and women, humans and God, social “insiders” and “outsiders,” and high and low desires to explore our “ticklish” world, and the way life takes shape from literary forms, be they marriage vows, the verses of Scripture, or stories told by plain folk.
Chaucer illuminates the tensions between the realms of our existence—the public and the private, the political and the literary, the imaginary and the experiential, the spiritual and the corporeal—and shows how these tensions reveal character.
Chaucer’s poems are fascinating social documents in their own right, equally concerned with everyday human interaction and once-in-a-lifetime moments. In these lectures, you’ll meet some of the most vibrant characters in all of literature:
- the bawdy Wife of Bath
- the manipulative Pandarus (whose very name gave rise to the term “pandering”)
- the upright Knight
- the ambiguous Pardoner
- the Miller, all agog at the sheer surprising “ticklishness” of God’s plenteous creation.
These lectures are from The Teaching Company. Courtesy: Chinni Krishnan J B and Sivamani
2. The Scope of Chaucer’s Work
4. Chaucerian Themes and Terms
12. Chaucer’s Living Influence