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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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Complete Online Versions of the
Nun's Priest's Tale
1. In Middle English
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
In the Nun's Priest's Tale, Chaucer refers obliquely to "Jakke Straw and his meynee" (B2.3394), the supposed leaders of the 1381 Uprising (the Peasant's Revolt). See James N. Dean's Medieval Political Writings, part of the peerless TEAMS series, for a generous selection of interesting contemporary texts, particularly the Literature of Richard's Reign and the Peasants Revolt:
The Nun's Priest wears his great learning lightly and is a bit of a name dropper, especially when it comes to medieval philosophy (B2.4431-32). See the entries in James Fieser's (Tennessee - Martin) Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which contains brief but authoritative entries on medieval thinkers and topics:
The specificity of the old woman's house and courtyard in the Nun's Priest's Tale might be illuminated by the research on Wharram Percy, a "lost medieval village" that has been the site of extensive archaeological research since 1950. See especially the details of the toft and croft of peasant homes.
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
As a beast fable, the Nun's Priest's Tale shares an iconographic (pictorial) tradition with the images in the wonderful and whimsical Aberdeen Online Bestiary.
5. Online Notes & Commentary
Discussion and links concerning the Nun's Priest'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 Nun's Priest's Tale include:
L. Kip Wheeler offers a very nice overview of Oneiromancy and Dreams, a subject of concern in the Nun's Priest's Tale (Carson-Newman College)
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.
A selection of Chaucer-related and medieval studies titles from the University of California related to the Nun's Priest'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, full-text articles from the proceedings of the Illinois Medieval Association, online version edited by Allen J. Frantzen (Loyola - Chicago), including:
Increase and Multiply in the Speech Acts of Chaucer's Nun's Priest, Second Nun, and Canon's Yeoman (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.
7. Student Projects
Susan Yager's English 451: Chaucer's Poetry students (Iowa State) put together a hypertext report on the Nun's Priest's Tale in Spring 1996.
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 Nun's Priest's Tale
Anniina Jokinen's excellent Annotated Bibliography to the Nun's Priest's Tale
10. Images & Multimedia
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
Sample audio files (.wav, .au, .aiff) from the Nun's Priest's Tale, recorded at the 9th International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Trinity College, Dublin, 1994, are available from the Chaucer Studio (Paul Thomas, Brigham Young).
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