HENK00062U  CANCELED English - Free topic 2: Chaucer and the Invention of English as a Literary Language

Volume 2018/2019



This course module looks at Chaucer as the creator of English as a literary language through two of his major works – Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury Tales – from a combination of both literary and linguistic angles. The linguistic component (to be taught by Jesper Kruse) will consist of an overview of Middle English phonology and grammar, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which Chaucer navigates between the two in his use of metre. The literary component (to be taught by Charles Lock) explores how a new ‘vernacular’ literature such as Chaucer’s could negotiate its position with regard to the languages and myths of the Classical world.

Preliminary reading list

Benson, Larry D. (ed.). 2008. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. with a new foreword by Christopher Cannon. Oxford University Press.

Horobin, Simon. 2010. Studying the History of Early English. Palgrave Macmillan.

Horobin, Simon. 2012. Chaucer’s Language. 2nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.
This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1, Free Topic 2 and Free Topic 3.
Type of assessment
Portfolio, Portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline June 12th 2019
The exam for the course module is Portfolio Model 1, A.2. – i.e. a take-home paper (21-30 pages), with mandatory elements to be handed in for approval and feedback during the course. The mandatory elements include:
A preliminary problem statement / delimitation of research area (deadline March 1, 2019)
An annotated bibliography (deadline April 1, 2019)
A revised problem statement with outline/synopsis for the entire paper (deadline April 15, 2019).
Exam registration requirements

This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1, Free Topic 2 and Free Topic 3.

Criteria for exam assesment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • Total
  • 409,5