English 113A - Fall, 2021

Chaucer: Troilus and "Minor" Poems

Class Information

Instructor: Chaganti, Seeta
CRN: 53303
Time: TR 1:40-3:00
Location: REMOTE
GE Areas: Writing Experience


This courses uses the work of Geoffrey Chaucer to think about the relation of medieval and modern culture and life, particularly in regard to issues of racial and social justice. Some of the Chaucerian texts we read will be paired with modern media artifacts in order to draw out the the political meanings of Chaucer's work and to consider how reading Middle English poetry can advance and refine our sense of where we are politically now and where we want to be. The works of Chaucer on which we will focus include his dream visions, short lyrics, and narrative poem Troilus and Criseyde, Chaucer's dazzling account of the Trojan War

Please note that this class will meet synchronously on Zoom; please expect to attend regularly at the scheduled time.


The factors which will determine your final grade include translation exercises and quizzes, papers, a midterm and final, and participation.


The Norton Chaucer, David Lawton