English 113A - Fall, 2019

Chaucer: Troilus and "Minor" Poems

Class Information

Instructor: Chaganti, Seeta
Time: TR 10:30-11:50
Location: 119 Wellman


    This course explores the poems Geoffrey Chaucer composed before his most famous work, the Canterbury Tales. Chaucer was interested in dream visions, love lyrics, political critique, allegories, and heroic and romantic stories from ancient Greece and Rome, and his poetry covers all these topics and more. We will look at the tradition of the medieval dream vision as a foundation for Chaucer's work, and then move into Chaucer's own quirky and imaginative poems. Talking animals, ice palaces, and lonely knights all play roles in these intriguing and atmospheric texts. The course will culminate with a reading of Troilus and Criseyde, Chaucer's great narrative of the Trojan War. This poem lays bare the complicated intersection of military and political life with the world of love and domesticity.


    The factors which will determine your final grade include quizzes (15%; lowest quiz dropped); your first paper (15%); your second paper and proposal (25%); your midterm (15%) and final exam (20%); and section participation (10%).


    Dream Visions and Other Poems, Chaucer
    Troilus and Criseyde, Chaucer