Chaucer scholars have long recognized the generic complexity of Troilus and Criseyde, but they have tended to read it primarily as a tragedy or romance or as a text whose genre is sui generis. The following essay attempts to read Troilus and Criseyde as an epic and to articulate how such a generic lens would reorient readings of the text. To do so, fresh definition is given to the term “epic,” and insights from genre theory are drawn upon. Ultimately, Troilus and Criseyde is an epic poem because it invests within the composite hero of two lovers the fact that societal stability depends in part on romantic involvement.
College and Department
Humanities; Comparative Arts and Letters
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Fuller, Robert Allen, "State of Love and Love of State in Chaucer's Epic, Troilus and Criseyde" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 5506.
Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, epic, genre, genre theory