The Gathering of Chaucer’s Pilgrims: The Canterbury Tales

C$1,520 includes one seminar Monday to Friday, morning coffee and newspapers, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar followed by dinner, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). A non-refundable C$300 plus HST deposit is required to secure your place; the balance is due June 1, 2019.

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.
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LEADER

In her travels across North America and around the world for the Great Books Foundation, Denise Ahlquist enjoys leading discussions with participants of all ages and backgrounds. A fascination with the power of stories to create meaning in human life has animated her personal and professional reading since childhood and fuels her interest in the Canterbury Tales.

 

BOOK

Participants are required to obtain the specified editions to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion.

The Selected Canterbury Tales: A New Verse Translation, by Geoffrey Chaucer, translated by Sheila Fisher
(W.W. Norton, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-0393341782

From bawdy flirts to noble knights, from the lowest joke to the highest parable, the tellers and tales of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales bring a complex community to life. In this classic work of English literature, pilgrims from all levels of medieval society journey to Canterbury. Their genial Host bids each “to help shorten our way along this journey, two tales to tell,” thus drawing us into a tapestry of unforgettable characters, varied narratives, and interwoven layers of meaning.

For Chaucer is a master of subtle storytelling whose experiments in perspective and genre have impressed readers and writers for centuries. Inspired by Dante and others on the Continent, the cosmopolitan Chaucer turned the everyday language of his people into literature. Modern readers still appreciate Chaucer’s genius, especially in a new facing-pages translation that provides the best of both modern and Middle English.

Through close reading, we see how the perspective of the teller shapes each tale, and how tales respond one to another. Traditional ideas of honour, marriage, and morality all brought under question, as the tales help us connect the microcosm of this gathering to the macrocosm of the changing feudal world. Meanwhile the voices of the Host and of Chaucer himself suggest that the pilgrims’ stories offer but also undermine stereotypes and simplistic moral pieties.

Canterbury Tales mural, Library of Congress

Reading the comic yet sophisticated stories of the Canterbury Tales sharpens our capacity to grasp the interdependencies in our own society. By immersing us in this world that may at first appear so quaint, Chaucer gives us new insights into those questions encountered on our own human pilgrimage.

 

 

Cost

The cost of Toronto Pursuits 2019 is C$1,520. This includes one seminar Monday to Friday, coffee and newspapers all week, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

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Discounts

ONE per registrant

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.

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