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Reading & Discussion of the Concept of Fortune in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

December 4, 2022, 4 pm5 pm.
2022 12 4 Chaucer

Join us at the Center at Maple Grove for a unique opportunity to hear a reading and discussion of the Concept of Fortune in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, written by Irene Jedrlinic Hirshon (1947-2016).

Irene wrote this thesis in 1976 for her Masters Degree in English from Queens College.

Irene’s son, Nick Hirshon, a resident of Forest Hills, journalist and Assoc. Professor of Communication at William Paterson Univ. of NJ and Canterbury Tales scholar, Brian Murphy will be reading and discussing her work. This presentation will be followed by a reception in the Gallery.

Brian T. Murphy, Associate Professor in English and Coordinator of English Writing Placement at Nassau Community College, holds degrees from Massasoit Community College, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Fordham University. In addition to numerous departmental and college-wide committees, he has also represented NCC in several SUNY-wide groups and initiatives, including the Developmental English Learning Community and Strong Start to Finish. He teaches both developmental and non-developmental composition courses and a variety of literature courses; areas of particular interest include medieval English literature, modern Irish literature, science fiction and fantasy, and horror films. His most recent work is the anthology Irish Literature 1850-1930, an OER (Open Educational Resources) text.

Canterbury Tales, c. 1387-1400, written by Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340-1400), known as the father of English literature and poetry. The work is a collection of 24 stories presented in verse and prose as part of a story telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of St. Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return. (Summarized from wikipedia).


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