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Fragment I / Group A

The General Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Miller's Prologue & Tale
The Reeve's Prologue & Tale
The Cook's Prologue & Tale

Fragment II / Group B1
The Man of Law's Introduction, Prologue, Tale, & Epilogue

Fragment III / Group D
The Wife of Bath's Prologue & Tale
The Friar's Prologue & Tale
The Summoner's Prologue & Tale

Fragment IV / Group E
The Clerk's Prologue & Tale
The Merchant's Prologue, Tale, & Epilogue
Fragment V / Group F
The Squire's Introduction & Tale
The Franklin's Prologue & Tale

Fragment VI / Group C
The Physician's Tale
The Pardoner's Introduction, Prologue, & Tale

Fragment VII / Group B2
The Shipman's Tale
The Prioress's Prologue & Tale
The Prologue & Tale of Sir Thopas
The Tale of Melibee
The Monk's Prologue & Tale
The Nun's Priest's Prologue,
Tale, & Epilogue

Fragment VIII / Group G
The Second Nun's Prologue & Tale
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue & Tale

Fragment IX / Group H 
The Manciple's Prologue & Tale

Fragment X / Group I
The Parson's Prologue & Tale
The Retraction

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6.  Online Articles & Books

  • See the web page for each Canterbury Tale for articles devoted to that tale.

This heading includes the following sections:

  • Peer reviewed articles
  • Academic books
  • Other studies
  • Book reviews

Peer Reviewed Articles

Gallica, the website of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF), has also made available online page images of a number of older, out of copyright journals related to Chaucer and medieval studies, like:

Some of the absolutely classic Chaucer-related articles from these journals include:

Click on Périodiques to go to a full listing of BNF online journals (most of which are in French). These are large, generally slow loading graphical images, but are valuable nonetheless.

A "special web cluster" on Medieval Noise from Exemplaria 16.2 (2004), edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen:

Chaucer Sourcebook, from the Harvard Chaucer Page, offers a number of classic and professional essays from noted Chaucerians, including:

Teaching Chaucer in the 90s (From Exemplaria, ed. Christine Rose, Portland State). Don't let the date in the title fool you. Good teaching never goes out of style.

Essays in Medieval Studies, full-text articles from the proceedings of the Illinois Medieval Association, edited by Allen J. Frantzen (Loyola - Chicago).  Some of the articles related to Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales include: 

Grover Wonderbrook has assembled a collection of peer reviewed essays on his website. I am not sure of their copyright status, however:

I found another website that houses a number of Chaucer essays:

Academic Books

A generous new online publishing venture: The University of California E-Scholarship Editions. "University of California Press now offers electronic versions of almost all of its journal titles and over 1400 books online, many of them out of print." E-journals are available to subscriber institutions; 400 full texts, many covering medieval topics, are available to the general public; the rest to members of the UC community.

A selection of Chaucer-related and medieval studies titles available to the general public include:

R. A. Shoaf, editor of Exemplaria and pioneer in making scholarly articles on medieval studies available online, has issued an e-print of his book Dante, Chaucer, and the Currency of the Word: Money, Images, and Reference in Late Medieval Poetry (Norman, OK: Pilgrim Books, 1983). Exemplaria also issues electronic "pre-prints" of select articles, so be sure to check regularly.

Frederick Martin's e-dissertation in progress, Pilgrimage in the Age of Schism: Chaucer, Sociological Poetics, and the Canterbury Tales (Tulane).

A major e-publishing venture, the 18 volume Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907-21) is now online at and offers substantive articles on all aspects of medieval literature.  In probably every case the opinions and findings of these older scholars has been superceded by recent investigations, but the CHMAL is still a grand resource and an important critical milestone (11,000 pages & 303 chapters)  featuring essays by important figures in medieval literary criticism.  See particularly 

  • Vol. I: FROM THE BEGINNINGS TO THE CYCLES OF ROMANCE, ed. by A. W. Ward & A. R. Waller. Essays include 
    • The Beginnings
    • Runes and Manuscripts
    • Early National Poetry
    • Old English Christian Poetry
    • Latin Writings in England to the Time of Alfred
    • Alfred and the Old English Prose of his Reign
    • From Alfred to the Conquest
    • The Norman Conquest
    • Latin Chroniclers from the Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries
    • English Scholars of Paris and Franciscans of Oxford
    • The Norman Conquest
    • Arthurian Literature
    • Metrical Romances
    • The Pearl-Poet
    • Prosody, and 
    • Language Change
  • Vol. II: THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES, ed. by A. W. Ward & A. R. Waller. Essays include:
    • Piers Plowman
    • Chaucer
    • Gower
    • Hawes
    • The Scottish Chaucerians
    • Religious Movements of the 14th Century
    • Early Printed Books
    • Ballads
    • Songs
    • Anthologies, 
    • and Prose of the 15th Century

Please note:  Although this older criticism is substantial and important, any serious student must take into account more contemporary research

Other Studies

Michael Delahoyde considers "The Plan of the Canterbury Tales" (Washington State U).

Housed at the ORB, Peter G. Beidler's (Lehigh U) Backgrounds to Chaucer includes the following lectures:

1. Chaucer's Life
2. Thomas Becket (1118-1170)
3. The Black Prince (1330-1376)
4. Richard II (1367-1400)
5. The English Rising (1381)
6. Boethius (480-524)
7. Rape and Prostitution
8. Corrupt Clerics
9. John Wyclif (1324-1384)
10. The Art of Courtly Love (Twelfth Century)
11. The Plague (1348-1349)

Medieval Misconceptions (Stephen J. Harris, UMass and Bryon Grigsby, Centenary College) offers succinct essays on several topics, addressing widely misunderstood aspects of medieval life and culture:

The articles from Cultural Frictions: Medieval Cultural Studies in Post-Modern Contexts Conference Proceedings (27-28 October 1995, ed. Martin Irvine and Deborah Everhart) are available online

Unfolding the Middle Ages

Bounding Culture

Queering Medieval Culture

The Circulation of Cultural Bodies

Harvard Classics (vol. 50) includes the following essay, now quite dated: What the Middle Ages Read, by Professor W. A. Neilson.

Book Reviews

Chaucer Book Reviews (Edwin Duncan, Towson State) from The Medieval Review, an online book review listserv from Western Michigan University. Reviewed books include:

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