Chaucer After Chaucer
Reading the Medieval
In the Renaissance And Beyond
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 these items bear evidence of their use by Bowdoin students and faculty: the 1610 edition of Foxe’s Actes and Monuments includes a stamped due date of February 1, 1929, while the lecture notes of then-Professor Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain explain his decision to focus on Chaucer in a class on the development of English literature.
This exhibition was researched and prepared by students in Megan Cook’s Spring 2013 course on Chaucer:
Open daily, March 25 – May 7, 2013
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 1st floor