ELL102 : Introduction to Middle English Literature and Language

Convenor(s): Dr Nicky Hallett


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

The period 1350 to 1500 saw the creation of some of the finest literature in English, including work by Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain-poet and anonymous lyricists. This module will explore the diversity and richness of this material, introducing several dialects of Middle English through study of a range of representative texts. We will study some of the major genres (such as dream literature) in their cultural and intellectual contexts. The module also provides an introduction to the resources available for analysis and critical evaluation of medieval literature and language more widely.


Teaching is by lectures and a workshop to a total of three contact hours per week. Lectures will focus on providing literary, linguistic and cultural backgrounds to the texts, and workshops will involve more detailed discussion of particular texts based on student preparation of responses to particular themes.


Assessment will be by evaluation of student seminar performance over the module as a whole (10%); two pieces of coursework, each between 1500 and 2000 words, typed or word-processed (40%); and a two-hour examination (50%). Assessment of written work tests students' ability in textual analysis with the use of the appropriate tools (ensuring the achievement of the first three learning outcomes), and the evaluation of seminar performance will test students' ability to present ideas orally (learning outcome four).

Contact Details

Dr Nicky Hallett


Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:17:02 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK