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Chaucer: The Electronic
Web Resources by Tale
Fragment II / Group B1
Additional Pages in The Electronic Canterbury Tales
Need Teaching Ideas &
Complete Online Versions of the
1. In Middle English
Sinan Kökbugur's helpfully glossed hypertext Middle English rendition of the complete Canterbury Tales is available at the Librarius page. Use the Table of Contents in the left frame to click on a specific Tale, and difficult terms and phrases are glossed in the lower frame.
2. In Modern English Translation
The General Prologue and the Marriage Group has been modernized by Michael Murphy (CUNY-Brooklyn), each tale featuring a handsome introduction. Read the Clerk's Prologue and Tale. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The Litrix Reading Room translation of the Canterbury Tales features rhyming couplets.
3. Historical & Cultural Backgrounds
The Clerk's Tale has sometimes been read against the backdrop of Nominalism, a philosophical outlook associated with William of Ockham. See the entries in James Fieser's (Tennessee - Martin) Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which contains brief but authoritative entries on medieval thinkers and topics.
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
5. Online Notes & Commentary
Discussion and links concerning the Clerk's Prologue and Tale on Larry D. Benson's superlative Geoffrey Chaucer Page (Harvard). Includes e-texts of scholarly essays, sources and ancillary texts, and capsule discussions of key issues. Some of the items related to the Clerk's Tale include:
A brief sample of The Clerk's Tale in the proposed new Chaucer Commentary Edition format gives some insight into the possibilities for an online variorum & commentary edition.
6. Online Books & Articles
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.
Academic studies from the University of California Press related to the Clerk's Tale include:
Chaucer Sourcebook, from the Harvard Chaucer Page, offers a number of classic and professional essays from noted Chaucerians, including:
Essays in Medieval Studies features full-text articles from the proceedings of the Illinois Medieval Association, online version edited by Allen J. Frantzen (Loyola - Chicago), including:
See Susan K. Hagen's e-text, What's Really Being Tested in "The Clerk's Tale"? (Birmingham Southern College).
Chaucer's Clerk of Oxenford and Other Rime Royal Interludes (Frederick Martin, Tulane U), from an ongoing e-project melding critical and cultural theory & medieval studies. See Martin's e-dissertation in progress, Pilgrimage in the Age of Schism: Chaucer, Sociological Poetics, and the Canterbury Tales.
M. L. Warren has written Griselda's "Unnatural Restraint" as a Technology of the Self (Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies).
7. Student Projects & Essays
Anniina Jokkinen's Essays and Articles on Chaucer includes a number of sample student essays, of varying quality. Like any other source, student essays must be evaluated rigorously, cited correctly, and used responsibly.
10. Images & Multimedia
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
Sample audio files (.wav, .au, .aiff) from the Clerk's Tale, recorded at the University of Adelaide, 1994, and read by Tom Burton, are available from the Chaucer Studio (Paul Thomas, Brigham Young).
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