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ENAM 0120 Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1340-c.1400) was the most important author to write in Middle English. This course delves into works from all periods of his life, ranging across genre and style, including celebrated classics such as 'Troilus and Criseyde' and 'The Canterbury Tales', as well as less familiar writings. Chaucer’s style, his politics, his erudition, and his comedy are explored within the contexts of fourteenth-century literary culture. Close readings of individual texts are built into a consolidated survey of his lasting achievement and the legacy he bequeathed to future generations of writers.

Sample Topics:

  • The early dream visions
  • selected prose writings
  • Troilus and Criseyde
  • The Legend of Good Women
  • The Romance of the Rose
  • The Canterbury Tales


Introductory Reading:

  • Benson, Larry D., ed., The Riverside Chaucer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008
  • Brewer, D., An Introduction to Chaucer. London: Longman, 1984
  • Brown, P., ed., A Companion to Chaucer. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2002
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