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EN2C5/EN3C5 Chaucer

THURS 9:30 - 11

Module convenor: Dr Sarah Wood

This module allows students to read the major works of the most influential medieval poet in English alongside selections from the broader European literature that inspired him. Term 1 focuses on his early dream poems and his philosophical romance set in the Trojan War, Troilus and Criseyde. It will also introduce Chaucer’s unfinished experiment in writing a story-collection, The Legend of Good Women, and the General Prologue and manuscripts of The Canterbury Tales. Term 2 examines the range of Chaucer’s writing in The Canterbury Tales, introducing students to the important medieval genres of romance, exemplum, miracle, and fable. We will also consider Chaucer’s afterlife and some of the continuations to his work produced in Middle English and Older Scots in the century after his death.

For further information, including the books you will need to buy and the reading to be completed over the summer, click here (Warwick login required)

Module information 2023-24Link opens in a new window

Information for students taking this module in 2023-24, including details of books to buy and summer vacation reading (Warwick login required).

Reading list (Talis Aspire)Link opens in a new window

The reading list provides details of the required reading for each seminar and recommended further reading. You are expected to make use of this list when researching your assessments.

MoodleLink opens in a new window

Link to Moodle for this module. Titles and instructions for your assignments will be published on Moodle.


Guidance on preparing for the seminars:

Term 1 seminarsLink opens in a new window

Term 2 seminarsLink opens in a new window