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Chaucer: The Electronic
Web Resources by Tale
Fragment II / Group B1
Additional Pages in The Electronic Canterbury Tales
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1. In Middle English
Read the Friar's Prologue and Tale in the context of Fragment III - Group D.
Read the Friar's Prologue and Tale according to the Hengwrt ms (Hg), one of the two most important early manuscripts, at the University of Toronto's Representative Poetry On-line site. The Ellesmere ms (El) is the other important early edition.
2. In Modern English Translation
The Litrix Reading Room translation of the Canterbury Tales features rhyming couplets.
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.
3. Historical & Cultural Backgrounds
The New Advent Catholic Website hosts a number of important resources, especially the online Catholic Encyclopedia (1913 ed.) and its thousands of entries. Although reflecting an earlier period of scholarship, entries relevant to the Friar's Tale include:
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
5. Online Notes & Commentary
Discussion and links concerning the Friar'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 Friar's Tale include:
An online compilation of materials related to the Friar's Tale, including contrasting academic opinion illustrated by representative quotations, has been assembled by Gerald Richman (U of Suffolk).
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 Friar's Tale include:
Mary F. Godfrey has written Only Words: Cursing and the Authority of Language in Chaucer's Friar's Tale, an e-print from Exemplaria.
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. Jokkinen also compiles a number of resources by Canterbury Tale: The Friar's Tale
10. Images & Multimedia
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
Sample audio files (.wav, .au, .aiff) from the Friar's Tale, read by in 1990 by Alan T. Gaylord (Dartmouth) are available from the Chaucer Studio (Paul Thomas, Brigham Young).
13. The Next Step
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