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5. Online Notes & Commentary
The best single site devoted to the Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales, The Harvard Chaucer Page, is a tutorial in itself, brought to the WWW by Larry D. Benson, editor of The Riverside Chaucer. Check the Index for easy access to the wealth of primary and secondary material there.
Douglas Grey's little gem of an essay, "Chaucer and the growth of vernacular literature, c.1350–c.1500."
The ORB: Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies (Kathryn Talarico, gen. ed.) "is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students. All articles have been judged by at least two peer reviewers. Authors are held to high standards of accuracy, currency, and relevance to the field of medieval studies." The Table of Contents includes:
John M. Hill's Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: The Idea! is a cursory review of the state of the question as of 1985.
An introductory lecture by Lee Patterson (Yale) entitled Chaucer illustrates a New Historicist perspective in medieval and Chaucer studies.
Jesús Luis Serrano Reyes fascinating website Chaucer and Spain and its many subpages present a comprehensive view of Chaucer from a unique angle: Chaucer's relationship to the Iberian Peninsula. Professor Reyes' articles include:
An electronic post-print from Exemplaria, Teaching Chaucer in the 90s (ed. by Christine Rose, Portland State) contains ten essays from leading Chaucerians and medievalists. An excellent pedagogical resource for a wide variety of teaching situations.
Robert Stein (SUNY - Purchase) addresses the theoretically complex question, Medieval, Modern, Post-Modern: Medieval Studies in a Post Modern Perspective in this essay from Georgetown U's 1995 "Cultural Frictions" conference.
Susan Yager's (Iowa State) modest essay answers the nay-sayers who ask, Why Study Chaucer?
L. Kip Wheeler offers a very nice overview of manuscript issues in his Manuscript Talk (Carson-Newman College). Requires MS PowerPoint.
For a peer-reviewed, academically sound evaluation of online Chaucer resources, see the links and annotations at the Chaucer Metapage project (gen. eds. Joe Wittig, UNC & Edwin Duncan, Towson State).
The best one-stop online resource for Chaucerian is David Wilson Okamura's stylish and sophisticated Geoffrey Chaucer: Annotated Guide to Online Resources (Macalaster U).
Arnie Sanders has written a number of brief but thorough introductory essays on a variety of Chaucerian topics as part of his English 330: Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales website:
Michael Delahoyde has posted an eminently readable series of notes to the General Prologue and each of the Canterbury Tales at his Washington State U website:
Still in its beginning stages but promising to be a major academic enterprise, Chaucertext: An On-Line Archive for Electronic Chaucer Scholarship, promises to be a major and important international scholarly enterprise (Josephine Tarvers, Winthrop U).
Highly regarded, The Canterbury Tales Project: An Electronic Chaucer for Scholars and Teachers (DeMontfort U), is offering a series of CDs with comprehensive manuscript coverage of each of the Tales, beginning with the Wife of Bath. Also offers a number of technical essays on Chaucerian manuscripts. The General Prologue has just become available.
Classicnote.com has a series of convenient summaries of each of the Canterbury Tales; ignore the other services offered at the site, however. It smacks of a term paper mill.
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