ENGD29H3 Chaucer's Early Works

Advanced study of Chaucer’s early writings, from The Book of the Duchess to Troilus and Criseyde. Consisting of dream visions, fantastic journeys, and historical fictions, these works all push beyond the boundaries of everyday experience, depicting everything from the lifestyles of ancient Trojans to a flight through the stars. This course will explore the forms and literary genres that Chaucer uses to mediate between the everyday and the extraordinary. We will also consider related problems in literary theory and criticism, considering how scholars bridge the gap between our own time and the medieval past.

Pre-1900 course.

Prerequisite: 

1.0 credit at the C-level in ENG courses

Recommended Preparation: 
Enrolment Limits: 
22
Breadth Requirements: 
Arts, Literature & Language
Note: 

Texts will be read in Middle English.