Students to Give Medieval Literature Presentations


Publication Date: 11/25/2008

Students of Dr. Kristin Cole will give medieval literature presentations on December 6 including performances of “The Second Shepherds’ Play,” medieval music, and a modern film adaptation of “The Miller’s Tale,” the most famous of The Canterbury Tales. The presentations take place in Hardie Auditorium 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

In August, Cole joined the English Department, where she teaches courses in first-year writing, medieval literature, and the English language.

"This semester we′ve been focusing on English literature written in the age of Chaucer and the social, political, and cultural contexts in which it was created,” says Cole. “We′ve read several of Chaucer′s ‘Canterbury Tales,’ Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and ‘The Second Shepherds′ Play.’  I am very excited that the group performing the ‘Second Shepherds′ Play’ will be performing it in Middle English.”

There will be six presentations--each followed by a question and answer session--and two refreshment breaks. Two students will discuss medieval numbers and the culture of the hunt. Thanks to Dr. John Bass in the Music Department, students performing the music will have a lute and a baroque guitar. Additional support is provided by the Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts (CODA).

According to Cole, the audience can expect to experience “a wonderful slice of 14th-century English life.”