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Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL 61920-3099)
David Raybin (Project Director: March 2007 to June 2009)

A four-week summer seminar for fifteen school teachers on Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, to be held in England in London and in Canterbury.

We propose a four-week Seminar for School Teachers on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to be team-taught in England in London and Canterbury. The Seminar will explore how Chaucer looks out upon the world, as participants consider how his vivid ideas on human relationships and desires mesh with and yet challenge modern attitudes. As we progress through the tales, we will join together in making discoveries about the distance that separates us from the lived details of Chaucer's fourteenth-century England; about the continuities of artistry, philosophy, emotion, and meaning that render Chaucer's writings still important; and about the variety of responses to Chaucer that combine to achieve understandings inherently richer than those reached by reading alone. Participants will read the Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English, and we will visit historical sites relevant to an appreciation of the text.

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Project fields:
Medieval Studies

Seminars for K-12 Educators

Education Programs

$116,382 (approved)
$116,382 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2007 – 9/30/2008

Funding details:
Original grant (2007) $108,792
Supplement (2008) $7,590