For Honours Students. Focusing upon a selection of Chaucer’s major works ( Troilus and Criseyde , The Book of the Duchess , ‘The Knight’s Tale’, and others), drawn from both the Canterbury Tales and his wider oeuvre, this course will examine both the traditions and texts that influence Chaucer’s poetry (Boethius, Boccacio, Dante, Popular English Romance) and the considerable influence that his writing had on the later Chaucerian poets (Lydgate, Henryson, Dunbar, and others). By examining Chaucer’s poems in the context of wider medieval poetry, we illuminate both his literary transformation of his sources and the lasting impact of his literary legacy on the work of his literary descendents.