By studying a variety of Chaucer’s works including Troilus and Criseyde, excerpts from his early dream visions, and selected works from The Canterbury Tales,from the epitome of romance to the parodic, we will explore Chaucer’s interest in this most diverse of medieval genres. Topics discussed will take us into the diverse contexts of Chaucer’s literary production, which will allow us to examine Chaucer’s critical engagement with both the literary conventions and the shifting social structures of his time.

Text book: Larry D. Benson, ed., The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd edition, reissued with a new foreword by Christopher Cannon (Oxford: OUP, 2008).