The Book of the Duchess – 12th March 2014

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, the 12th of March, from 3:10 pm – 5 pm in Rm. 2.50, John Percival Building.

Members of the group expressed a desire to read some of Chaucer’s earlier work, so we will be reading one of his dream visions, The Book of the Duchess, written between 1369 and 1372.

Topics of discussion might include:

·        The relationship between the frame and the dream

·        The depiction in the dream of the bed chamber

·        The extent of the narrator’s naïveté

·        The nature of mourning and its relationship to the Black Knight’s narrative of


·        The puppy as dream guide

·        The significance of the hunt

·        Discourse

·        Chess

·        Birds


As always, all welcome.


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