English 211

Chaucer: Early Poetry and the Troilus and Criseyde


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2012 Justice, Steven
Justice, Steven
MW 10:30-12 305 Wheeler

Book List

Benson, Larry D. : The Riverside Chaucer; Chaucer, Geoffrey: Troilus and Criseyde

Description

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, and the forms 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.


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