Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Chaucer: An Introduction

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The aim of the study-unit is to introduce students to the undergraduate study of Chaucer and to the sociohistorical and artistic contexts of medieval English literature.

Through a detailed study of the Canterbury Tales in particular, students will be introduced to the medieval heritage of English literature. The social and literary contexts of the period will be reviewed, and major thematic and formal aspects of Chaucer’s art will be analysed, as will his indebtedness to medieval literary traditions in Europe.

Reading List:

Recommended Text

Benson, Larry D., ed., The Riverside Chaucer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987)

Selected Reading

Brewer, D. S., Chaucer, 3rd edn (London: Longman, 1973)
Brewer, D. S., Chaucer and his World (London: Eyre Methuen, 1978)
Brewer, Derek, A New Introduction to Chaucer, 2nd edn (London: Longman, 1998)
Ellis, Steve, ed., Chaucer: An Oxford Guide (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)
Rowland, Beryl, ed., A Companion to Chaucer Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979)
Saunders, Corinne, Chaucer (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Maria Frendo

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