New Library Exhibition Looks at Chaucer at Bowdoin

Students in Prof. Megan Cook’s English class, Chaucer: Epic and Romance, have curated a new exhibition in the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

Through May 7, the library is hosting their show, “Chaucer after Chaucer: Reading the Medieval In the Renaissance And Beyond.” Cook is Bowdoin’s Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English.

According to the exhibition introduction, “The works of the Middle English poet Geoffrey Chaucer have been read, referenced, and studied almost continually since the poet’s death in 1400. The books in this exhibit bring together items from Bowdoin’s collections that illustrate some of the ways in which the poet’s text and reputation have been transmitted since then.”

Many of the exhibition items bear evidence of their use by Bowdoin students and faculty. For instance, the lecture notes of Professor Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain explain his decision to focus on Chaucer in a class on the development of English literature.

“The Canterbury Pilgrimage,” frontispiece to Tyrwhitt’s ed. of The Canterbury Tales (London, 1830)

“The Canterbury Pilgrimage,” frontispiece to Tyrwhitt’s ed. of The Canterbury Tales (London, 1830)

    “Geoffrey Chaucer,” in The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Urry (London, 1721)

“Geoffrey Chaucer,” in The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Urry (London, 1721)

“The Canterbury Pilgrimage,” frontispiece to Tyrwhitt’s ed. of The Canterbury Tales (London, 1830)“Geoffrey Chaucer,” in The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Urry (London, 1721)

1 comment to New Library Exhibition Looks at Chaucer at Bowdoin

  • Robert C Foster III

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