The Electronic Canterbury Tales
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Fragment II / Group B1
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About This Website
The Electronic Canterbury Tales -
In response to several comments that the current ECT Home Page has become unwieldy for low band width and dialup users, I am launching a parallel version, with identical material, that provides a separate and quicker loading individual page for "recent additions," a Scholar's Dozen, and the key categories from the ECT Home Page related to Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales.
You can select the key category of material in the left frame, which will take you to a smaller, quicker loading webpage containing just the material in that category. You can keep track via the "breadcrumbs" (ECT - LBW Main > CTales in Middle English ) at the top of this column.
You will still be able to navigate to the individual Canterbury Tales web pages and associated ECT pages from the left frame. I am implementing the Low Band Width Version only for the ECT Home Page. Web pages throughout the rest of the Electronic Canterbury Tales will remain unchanged.
Please feel free to send me your comments about this revision, launched 09 August 2006.
The ECT - LBW Individual Pages:
About This Website
Though separated by six centuries' history, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the World Wide Web actually share much in common.
Many of Chaucer's tales are joined by brief snippets of dialogue and action traditionally called "links"; on the WWW one "clicks" on a "hyperlink" to go to another "page" on the Web.
Chaucer's great work was constantly in revision and seems never to have found a final, definitive form. Many of the groups of Tales, called "fragments," seem to have been "free-floating" with several possible arrangements. By the same token, the WWW is constantly in flux. One need never follow the same path to a subject, and new links are being added while others disappear.
And in the same way the WWW is faced with issues of censorship, so Chaucer himself was aware that some might look critically upon a few of his tales, and so the Pilgrim-Narrator of the Canterbury Tales advised that if readers found a Tale offensive, they should turn the page and choose another tale. He even went so far as to rethink the value of the Canterbury Tales in the Retraction.
What You'll Find
May the teacher, student, and interested reader find their own paths through the Electronic Canterbury Tales, and then add a link of their own!
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