|1||Fall 2017|| Justice, Steven
||W 3-6||78 Barrows|| Middle English
Chaucer, Geoffrey: Dream Visions and other Poems; Chaucer, Geoffrey: Troilus and Criseyde
This course studies all Chaucer's majors works before the Canterbury Tales. About the first third of the semester will use the earlier works--the Book of the Duchess and the Parliament of Fowls especially--to introduce Middle English "philology," in the old, broad sense of that word: the texture and logic of the language and its textual settings, the literary possibilities available within those, the available channels of convention and innovation, and the tools for studying all these things. It will also, inevitably, spend some time thinking about literary history. The remaining weeks will give detailed study to the Troilus and Criseyde, Chaucer's greatest and most important work, and to the stages by which he developed the idea for the Canterbury Tales.
This course satisfies the Group 2 (Medieval through 16th Century) requirement.