Brief Description of Course: A close study of Chaucer’s major works, with attention to literary innovation, formal analysis, aesthetics, and philosophical and ethical problems. We will read Chaucer’s poetry in Middle English, with an emphasis on his use of literary language as well as his historical and cultural contexts. Our primary undertaking, however, will be to explore the poetry as a living body of work of interest to readers today.
Required Reading: The Canterbury Tales, ed. Boenig and Taylor (Broadview, 2012); Dream Visions and Other Poems, ed. Lynch (Norton Critical Edition, 2006); Troilus and Criseyde, ed. Dean and Siegel (Broadview, 2016).
First Three Authors/Texts: Book of the Duchess, House of Fame, Parliament of Fowls.
Method of Instruction: Lecture and discussion.Method of Evaluation: Class participation (15%), short assignments (15%), essays (40%), terms tests (30%).