Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Remix: Chaucer In The Then and Now
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio  critical essay or creative piece, and a commentary 4000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio  critical essay or creative piece, and a commentary 4000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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.


This module challenges students to explore selected texts by Geoffrey Chaucer alongside 21st-century adaptations of these texts.


Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
Session 3: Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
Session 4: Greenlaw, A Double Sorrow
Session 5: Workshop
Session 6: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Session 7: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Session 8: Agbabi, Telling Tales
Session 9: Herd and Pincus (eds.), Refugee Tales
Session 10: Workshop

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
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