Final Project Instructions: Develop a project/presentation of 750 to 1000 words minimum/maximum (or the equivalent) with an introduction, body, and conclusion. This may be a traditional essay, or it may involve other sorts of projects/presentations.
Potential Projects include:
1. Write your own original piece following the style of one piece we read. You could craft your own religious allegory using the American church or rewrite the General Prologue in Modern English. Possibly you would like to write your own Soldier’s Tale or Mother’s Tale. Creativity is key here.
2. Recast one of the works in another form. For example, turn the “Miller’s Tale” into a script for a popular sitcom (using those sitcom characters as stand-ins for Chaucer’s characters), or rewrite one of the pieces we’ve read as a play. Be creative–just be sure to submit ideas for approval before WEDNESDAY of week sixteen, so that we have a chance to discuss it.
3. Select any piece we’ve read and modernize it for a new generation.
Pieces we have read:
The Dream of the Rood
The Canterbury Tales
“The General Prologue”
Summary: “The Knight’s Tale”
“The Miller’s Prologue and Tale”
“The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale”
The Doubt of Future Foes
On Monsieur’s Departure
Speech to the Troops at Tilbury
The Golden Speech
The Faerie Queen Book I
Song (“Go and catch a falling star”)
Song (“Sweetest love, I do not go”)
“A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”
“The Argument of His Book”
“His Farewell to Sack”
“Corinna’s Going A-Maying”
“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”
“To His Coy Mistress”
“The Definition of Love”
Milton’s Paradise Lost (Books 1 and 9)
John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (1-99)
Aphra Behn’s “Oroonoko”
Edmund Burke, “Speech on Conciliation with America”
Samuel Johnson, “Taxation No Tyranny”
Olaudah Equiano, “Interesting Narrative”