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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
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 Merchant's Prologue and Tale. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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
Since the Merchant's Tale includes the infamous "Pear Tree" episode, it might be interesting to peruse James L. Matterer's Mythical Plants of the Middle Ages, which includes a number of other fascinating trees and plants.
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
5. Online Notes & Commentary
Discussion and links concerning the Merchant's Prologue, Tale, and Epilogue 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 Merchant's Tale include:
6. Online Articles & 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 from University of California related to the Merchant'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:
The Myth of Eden, Bakhtinian Carnival, and Chaucer's Merchant's Tale (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.
Mari Pakkala-Weckström (U of Helsinki) has written The Discourse of Seduction and Intrigue: Linguistic Strategies in three Fabliaux in the Canterbury Tales which examines "the different linguistic strategies used by the participants: wives, husbands and lovers with their varying roles" in tales of the Miller, Merchant, and Shipman.
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 Merchant's Tale, recorded at the 6th International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 1988, are available from the Chaucer Studio (Paul Thomas, Brigham Young).
13. The Next Step
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