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Unit information: Chaucer and Chaucerians in 2022/23

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Unit name Chaucer and Chaucerians
Unit code ENGL20061
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Baden-Daintree
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit is an exploration of the works of the medieval poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, and a selection of writers whose works operate in dialogue with Chaucer’s example. This will involve a detailed study of the Middle English texts, alongside an understanding of the processes of reception, including editing, adaptation and translation. While the main focus is on Chaucer’s work, there will be opportunities to engage with various writers who followed, imitated, and strove to outdo him, such as Thomas Hoccleve, James I, Robert Henryson, and William Shakespeare, as well as some modern and contemporary artists and writers. Students will read a number of the Canterbury Tales, and may also read some of Chaucer’s dream visions, and Troilus and Criseyde.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the evolution of Chaucer’s works, and that of some of his followers;
  2. apply understanding of historical, cultural and intellectual contexts to readings of Middle English Literature;
  3. discriminate between different critical perspectives on Chaucerian literature;
  4. identify and present pertinent evidence to develop a cogent argument in oral and written discourse;
  5. demonstrate skills in textual analysis, argumentation, and critical interpretation using evidence from primary texts and secondary sources;
  6. demonstrate skills in presenting an aspect of Chaucer’s influence in the form of a poster.

Teaching details

Teaching will involve asynchronous and synchronous elements, including long- and short-form lectures, group discussion, research and writing activities, and peer dialogue. Students are expected to engage with the reading and participate fully with the weekly tasks and topics. Learning will be further supported through the opportunity for individual consultation.

Assessment Details

  • 1 x group project (25%) [ILOs 1-6]
  • 1 x 2500 word essay (75%) [ILOs 1-5]


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