Wife of Bath Prologue Miller's Tale Lecture

Wife of Bath Prologue Miller's Tale Lecture
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This is transcript of a lecture about The Miller's Tale and The Wife of Bath Prologue given to a class of high school seniors. The lecture, by an award winning high school English teacher, is classroom tested and designed to help students see modern day connections with Chaucer's work. Specifically, it covers:

1. An overview of the structure of the Canterbury Tales
2. The genre of the fabliaux and modern movies like Dumb and Dumber
3. Connections to Animal House
4. Examples of cliché love poetry in The Miller's Tale
5. The Miller's Tale and the destruction of high culture
6. How The Miller's Tale is actually a moral tale
7. The allure of the bad boy, and how Nicholas fits this role
8. Subversive comedy and how The Miller's Tale fits this
9. The Wife of Bath, first feminist character in western lit.
10. The book of bad women
11. Reclaiming the idea of a sexually experienced woman
12. The Wife of Bath and All in the Family
13. Authority and reincarnating Mark Twain
14. Authority and experience
15. Quoting her opponent's text against them
16. Wife of Bath still controversial
17. Visions of marriage, visions of society
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