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Evolving English: From Beowulf & Chaucer to Texts & Tweets

March 3, 2015

Karolyn Kinane presents a lively, interactive crash course in the medieval English language, specifically the poetry of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Participants will have the opportunity to read and recite medieval poetry aloud in a fun, relaxed environment. The program includes a brief, illustrated historical overview of the events that sparked linguistic transitions from the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman eras to the Middle English era, including the Norman Invasion, the Black Death, and the invention of the printing press. Kinane closes by exploring how these medieval events are still embedded in the English we speak today and how modern inventions and events continue to shape language.

Funded project of the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The New Hampshire Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Contact: Ruslyn Vear (603) 673-2288 Phone: (603) 673-2288
Amherst Town Library
14 Main Street
Amherst, NH 03031
United States
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