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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 Miller's Tale in the context of Fragment I - Group A.
Read the Miller's Prologue and Tale according to the Hengwrt ms (Hengwrt - Hg), one of the two most important early manuscripts, at the University of Toronto's Representative Poetry On-line site. The Ellesmere manuscript (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
What kind of economic environment did medieval miller's operate in? Read Mavis Mate's technical article, "The Rise and Fall of Markets in Southeast England," an e-print of the article published in Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire XXXI, April/avril 1996, pp. 59-86.
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
Read about Fabliaux at the Harvard Chaucer Page.
Flatulence figures prominently in the Miller's Tale to the degree that we might consider a "metaphysics of flatulence" in the Middle Ages. See D.L. Ashliman's listing of tales under Breaking Wind: Legendary Farts at his Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts page (UPittsburg).
Interestingly, Chaucer's Miller's Tale is one of the earliest sources we have that refers to the great medieval "cycle" plays--the civic drama performed in a number of cities. See European Medieval Drama (Sydney Higgins) for a full set of links to this important medieval literature.
5. Online Notes & Commentary
Discussion and links concerning the Miller'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 Miller's Tale include:
Gerald McDaniel (North Central Texas State) reads the Miller's Tale in Ribaldry as Homily.
Christy Desmet (UGeorgia) briefly points out the importance of the mystery plays to the Miller's Tale in "The Miller's Tale" and Noah's Flood.
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 titles from the University of California related to the Miller's Tale include:
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
Cathy Cupitt compares and contrasts the Knight's and Miller's Tales in Laughing at the Carpenter.
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 Miller's Tale
10. Images & Multimedia
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
Sample audio files (.wav, .au, .aiff) from the Miller's Tale, recorded at the Tenth International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Santa Monica College, Beverly Hills, July 1996, are available from the Chaucer Studio (Paul Thomas, Brigham Young).
13. The Next Step
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