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A Modern Canterbury Pilgrimage

Faculty:
Prof. Kathleen Buttermore (More Info)

Course:
A Modern Canterbury Pilgrimage

Program Dates:
December 26, 2019 —January 08, 2020

Honors Credit:
None

WKU Course:
TBA

Discipline(s):
English Language and Literature

Course Description:
Inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, students will experience their own modern pilgrimage and video blog about it. Field trips in London to sites such as Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, The George Inn, the Museum of London, and St. Paul's Cathedral will enrich students' understanding of specific tales. Field trips to Warwick, a medieval castle, and to Canterbury and its magnificent Cathedral will enhance students' understanding of the medieval pilgrimage. After this, students will create their own Canterbury Tale, with the best one winning a free dinner, per the rules of The Prologue.

Prerequisites:
Completion of first year English composition requirements

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect 4-6 miles of walking on class days.

Course Highlights:
Experience your own modern-day pilgrimage, and through the art of storytelling, create a series of video/blogs highlighting your journey of self-discovery. Create your own tale to tell and become part of The Canterbury Tales. Per the rules of The Prologue, the winner, voted to have the best tale, will win a free meal at The Ivory House, where we will enjoy a Medieval Feast! Classes will be held on-site at Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, The British Museum, The George Inn, and Warwick, to visit a Medieval castle, and the city of Canterbury and Canterbury Cathedral. Using Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, we will explore the Medieval world of religion, marriage, societal status, and culture and compare it with our 21st century world.