Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Remix: Chaucer In The Then and Now
Academic Year
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Dr Seth Warner (Reader - King's College London)

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 10 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Weekly Journal Entry  200 words per week  0%
Semester Assessment Essay Assignment  1 x 3000 word essay  60%
Semester Assessment Reflective Learning Journal  1 x 1500 words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed or missing essay assignment  1 x 3000 word essay  60%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed or missing Reflective Learning Journal  1 x 1500 words  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of contemporary texts in light of their medieval forebears.

2. Demonstrate an ability to engage with medievalism in conceptually sophisticated ways.

3. Demonstrate an ability to produce conceptually nuanced analyses of medieval texts.

4. Engage in sustained critical self-reflection in order to further develop their critical skillset.

Brief description

This module offers students the opportunity to engage in a detailed examination of Geoffrey Chaucer’s most substantial works (The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde) before moving on to a comparative study of a series recent texts that use Chaucer’s work as a model (Lavinia Greenlaw, Patience Agbabi, Ali Smith and others). The module is motivated by a concern with the continuing relevance of Chaucer (and late medieval culture in general) for contemporary culture, exploring the importance of the cultural work of adaptation and medievalism that also informs phenomena like the Game of Thrones franchise.


Session 1: Introduction

Section 1: Chaucer then
Session 2: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
Session 3: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
Session 4: Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
Session 5: Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde

Section 2: Chaucer now
Session 6: Lavinia Greenlaw, A Double Sorrow
Session 7: Patience Agbabi, Telling Tales
Session 8: Herd and Pincus (eds.), Refugee Tales
Session 9: Bruce Holsinger, A Burnable Book

Session 10: Revision and assessment advice

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication (Written) By expressing ideas in coherent ways. (Oral) Through group discussions and small group activities.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent and directed research and reading. By engaging with assessment feedback in order to raise attainment.
Information Technology By using word processing packages and making use of Blackboard and other e-resources, submitting via Turnitin
Personal Development and Career planning Through developing critical self-reflection and the development of transferable, ICT, commutation and research skills.
Problem solving By evaluative analysis and critical skills
Research skills By independent and directed research and synthesizing information in critically evaluative ways.
Subject Specific Skills Through reading, writing and researching skills involved in the study of language change.
Team work Students will have the opportunity to work in teams for some group activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 6