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Dartmouth Professor Explores Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Middlebury ~ Dartmouth professor Peter Travis will delve beneath the surface of The Canterbury Tales and examine the literary genius of its author, Chaucer, in a talk at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on March 6 at 7:00 pm. His talk,Where’s Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales?is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. 

Travis’s discussion of The Canterbury Tales will focus on the subtle irony with which Chaucer depicts his pilgrims, leaving us to judge them for ourselves. 

Travis retired in 2015 from Dartmouth College, where he taught courses in Chaucer, medieval drama, Old English and Icelandic literature, men’s studies and literary theory.  His major field of interest has always been Chaucer, and his book, Disseminal Chaucer, won the Brooks-Warren Prize for excellence in literary criticism in 2010. In his courses on Chaucer he encouraged his students to develop their skills in reading Chaucer’s Middle English aloud, with accuracy and dramatic insight.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Middlebury are held at Ilsley Public Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Middlebury First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

The First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series in Middlebury is underwritten by The Residence at Otter Creek.

Ilsley Public Library is sponsored by Friends of the Ilsley Library.

For more information, contact the Ilsley Public Library at 802.388.4095 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.


About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.