Chaucer Fall 2010

Research Proposal and Paper


Based on your reading of the Canterbury Tales so far, your Tale Master Project, and the research you’ve done, begin to think of a potential research paper you’d like to write for this class.  The end result will be a 8-10 page paper dealing with some aspect of Chaucer, the Canterbury Tales, or his world. 


Step One : Proposal

Before class on Monday October 25, submit a research proposal on our website.  This will be a 250-500 word explanation of what you imagine your paper will be about, or the questions you hope to answer.  This proposal should certainly contain some discussion of the specific sections within the Canterbury Tales you’d like to examine, or sources you might use in your research.  (For example, if you want to discuss “Women” in CT, you’ll want to specify which characters you’ll include or focus on, and start to gather some secondary research on the matter, using the sources you have discovered while doing your project, as well as the notes in our book, the Harvard website, and others). 

You are strongly encouraged to discuss your proposal with me as you work on it; I am more than happy to give feedback on early drafts.


The research proposal itself will is worth 30% of the final grade of the paper.  Your final paper does not have to end up matching your proposal exactly; rather this grade weighting  reflects the importance of getting an early start on a research assignment and getting feedback as soon as possible.  Take this assignment seriously, and writing the actual paper will be much easier, and the end result will be much better.  Please note: I hate ready crappy papers.


Step Two: Paper

Your 8-10 page research paper will be due, submitted online, before class on Friday, December 3.