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EN3112   Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Wed

This module aims to develop appreciation of the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer's last work and today his most popular. This most sophisticated product of fourteenth-century English literature is a collection of stories related by many voices as part of a tale-telling competition during a pilgrimage to Canterbury. This module builds on the study of medieval and specifically Chaucerian literature in sub-honours, and contributes to the study of medieval literary culture offered by other modules in the School, such as EN4312 Authorising English: Society, Gender and Religion in Late Medieval English Literature. Some prior experience of reading Middle English (e.g. through EN2003) is useful, but not necessarily required. (Group A)

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN2003 and pass EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 hours (either 1 x 2-hour seminar or 1 lecture and 1 seminar), and 2 optional consultative hours.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr Ian Johnson (IRJ)