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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
Prologue, the Monk's
Tale, and the Knight's
Interruption of the Monk at the UVa Electronic Text Center
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.
Skip Knox's selection of Canterbury Tales in Modern English (Boise State) includes the Prologue to the Monk's Tale, the Monk's Tale and the Knight's Interruption of the Monk (from an unknown base text).
3. Historical & Cultural Backgrounds
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
Comprising the governing regulations for monastic life in the Middle Ages, see the Rule of St. Augustine and the Rule of St. Benedict, both of which the Monk eschews in his pilgrim portrait in the General Prologue:
A nicely done web version of the 1949 edition of The Rule of St. Benedict (trans. Boniface Verheyen, OSB) is also online.
5. Online Notes & Commentary
L. Kip Wheeler's Ecclesiastical Worldview details some basics about medieval theology (Carson-Newman College). A .pdf file.
Discussion and links concerning the Monk'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 Monk's Tale include:
6. Online Books & Essays
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 Monk's Tale include:
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
13. The Next Step
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