Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2015–2016
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
ENGL2150 Canterbury Tales 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Filosofian maisterin tutkinto
Englannin kieli
School of Languages and Translation Studies

General description

Geoffrey Chaucer’s masterpiece The Canterbury Tales offers a rich and unique view into later medieval English language, literature and society. The Canterbury pilgrims come from many social classes, which is reflected in their linguistic behaviour and in the kinds of tales they tell. Chaucer experiments with several language registers and styles, and the individual tales of the collection represent various literary genres.

In this course we will familiarise ourselves with the famous General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales (in which the pilgrims are introduced) and a selection of 4–6 individual tales that represent different registers, styles and genres. We will read excerpts from other Middle English writings from the same period to provide us with a deeper understanding of some of the linguistic, literary and cultural conventions Chaucer uses in The Canterbury Tales. The readings will also include select secondary sources to exemplify angles from which texts by Chaucer and his contemporaries can be approached in research. In addition to the weekly readings and discussions, the students write an end-of-course paper on a chosen Chaucerian or other Middle English topic.

While the materials we read during the course will be provided in Moodle, students are encouraged to obtain a copy of The Riverside Chaucer edition of Chaucer’s collective works (3rd ed.), which is easily available for example through various internet bookshops.

Teacher responsible

Matti Peikola


Thu 14-Jan-2016 - 5-May-2016 weekly at 8.30-10.00, Rosetta 217


Numeric 0-5.

Further information

Prerequisite: The Story of English recommended, not obligatory