In 16th-century England, poets, and dramatists read and admired the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, but so did historians, lexicographers, religious polemicists, and other readers with a professional—but not necessarily literary—interest in the English past. Megan Cook, an assistant professor of English at Colby College, will explore how antiquarians endowed the medieval poet with a cultural significance that extended far beyond the literary in her talk, “Getting Medieval with Geoffrey Chaucer in Early Modern England.” Cook’s lecture will take place Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. in Stokes Hall, room S295. Her current book project is The Poet and the Antiquaries: Renaissance Readers and Chaucerian Scholarship. Sponsor: English Department.
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