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Talking Chaucer, with Peter W. Travis

Peter W.Travis
Peter W. Travis

Recorded April 16, 2010

Peter W. Travis, the Henry Winkley Professor of Anglo-Saxon and English Language and Literature at Dartmouth, is the winner the 2009 Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism, for his book Disseminal Chaucer: Rereading the Nun’s Priest’s Tale (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009).

In this podcast, Travis sets the tone with a reading of the first 18 lines of the Canterbury Tales, in Middle English, which, he notes, just about everyone who studied English literature used to memorize. He considers how Chaucer made the Nun’s Priest’s Tale both an entertaining fable about proud rooster Chaunticleer’s encounter with a fox and a poem that considers the nature of poetry itself, why modern literary criticism works on a piece from the 14th century, and why Dartmouth is an outstanding place to study the Middle Ages.

 

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Last Updated: 4/18/10