New Faculty Lecture Series: Dr. Sharity Nelson
From William Andrews
In the medieval period, theories of language were officially explored and conceptualized exclusively by scholars in Latin. But by the late Middle Ages, literary artists had begun engaging theories of language in the vernacular and other unorthodox ways. This presentation considers poetic experimentations in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Tale as they signal the formulation of a theory of language that potentially works to elevate the cultural status of Middle English and its literary traditions.