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ENG4155 – Aspects of Chaucerian Language and Literature

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Course content

This course offers an introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer, the greatest writer of the Middle English period. There is an emphasis on the synchronic study of his language, and comparison will be made with the structure of present-day English. A selection of texts will be studied in depth, and we shall place Chaucer’s works in a greater historical and cultural context and, more specifically, in the European literary tradition.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • acquired a basic knowledge of the main characteristics of Chaucer’s English;
  • learned how to analyse selected Chaucer texts and place them within the literary tradition and against the background of the cultural history of the period.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to master programs in language, literature or LAP.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course requires a good proficiency in written and oral English. The course requires students to be able to analyse modern English language as taught in e.g. ENG1100 – English Grammar and ENG1101 – English Phonetics and Intonation, An Introduction (discontinued) or similar courses.

Overlapping courses

This course overlaps with ENG2155 – Aspects of Chaucerian Language and Literature (discontinued).


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

Students are expected to participate by contributing to discussions in class, handing in written work and presenting topics orally.

Attendance is obligatory at least 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator.

Students are required to hand in set assignments by a set date and get these approved by the course teacher before being allowed to sit for the final exam.


The final exam is of a 4-hour written exam.

All assignments handed in for evaluation must be accompanied by an obligatory statement concerning cheating:

Previous exams:

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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Spring 2014


Spring 2014

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