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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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in / and Popular Culture
Whole industries have been developed around the marketing and mass production of literary classics; Shakespeare, whose name and image graces everything from big budget Hollywood movies to, well, almost anything, is probably the most high profile (and high brow) example.
On this page you'll find a Chaucer transformed in and by popular culture. This ad hoc WWW list is serendipitous and idiosyncratic, funny and odd, and ultimately more revealing about our own historical period than it is of Chaucer. I'll cross-list any tale-specific items on the appropriate page under Potpourri.
To what uses has the name and image of Chaucer been put? Let's see . . .
Obviously, somebody didn't read the Miller's Prologue well enough. See the place of the Miller's Tale in current arguments about censorship, "morality," and funding for the arts in Martin Garbus' editorial in The Nation, "The Indecent Standard."
Read about the most expensive book in the world: Caxton's first edition of the Canterbury Tales (c. 1476-77) was auctioned at Sotheby's for $7.5 million in July 1998!
Did you know that "Tabernacle Rust" is an Anagram of the Canterbury Tales, at Anagram Genius. FYI, "William Shakespeare" = "I am a weakish speller"!
If you're a teacher, no doubt you've seen some form of The World According to Student Bloopers (Richard Ledere), which features Chaucer as a key writer of the "mid evil" period.
Geoffrey Chaucer & Co., an acting troupe, "is pioneering the staging of ALL 24 Canterbury Tales . . . fully enacted in modern English. Tailor fit original music underscores each theatrical piece by Bay Area award-winning composer John Geist."
Of the Canterbury Tales, in chronological order:
Movies, Television, & Videos
Pasolini's The Canterbury Tales. According to the Internet Movie DataBase (IMBD), this film ranks 6.3 stars (out of 10).
Canterbury No. 2: nuove storie d'amore del '300 (1973, dir. Joe D'Amato).
The Canterbury Tales (1998, dir. John Myerson) is also listed in the IMDB.
Chaucer inspired. A Canterbury Tale (1944, dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger).
Miscellaneous Single- & Multi-Media
The Can't Bury Tales (no info. available)
Canterbury Tales II: Trek of the Star Warriors (from the Stories from Hell page; no info. available).
"Shield of Three Lions [by Pamela Kaufman] has been compared to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales for its bawdy sense of humor and hilariously funny escapades." A romance novel, I take it. I do not know who made the comparison, of if it is even warranted.
As far as I can tell, Chaucer in Rome has little or nothing to do with our poet, except as part of a catchy play title. Behold the review by Gail M. Burns of the play by John Guare.
Chaucer Greatpipes (David Marshall) have a Chaucerian heritage:
"Taken from an illustration in the Ellesmere Manuscript, this is the pipe
played from horseback by the Miller in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales c. 1380 (Prologue, lines 565-6):
'A baggepipe wel koude he blowe and sowne, /
Chaucernet members, beware. The listserv is listed on the Publically Accessible Mailing Lists Page. Turning Chaucerians into a product? A direct marketer's and spammer's heaven.
Chaucer-Inspired & Organizations
Chaucer Group Ltd: "Award Winning Project Management and Information System Services." They snagged the UK domain name first, I imagine.
Chaucer Syndicates Limited, "a leading managing agency at Lloyd's and the principal operating subsidiary of Chaucer Holdings PLC. Chaucer manages three syndicates with underwriting capacity of £257 million for the 1999 year of account. The Chaucer syndicates provide direct and reinsurance capacity in the major Lloyd's markets: motor, marine (inc. aviation) and non-marine."
Chaucer Care Limited, specializing in residential care for the elderly.
Chaucer Technology School, Canterbury, Kent and its very tasteful website.
The website for Chaucer College, Canterbury, has a number of photos available, as well as information in Japanese.
West Bay Properties, Marin County, California, sold a home at 6 Chaucer Court for $305,500.00 in October 1997, which certainly has appreciated since then.
Food, Coffee Shops, Eateries, & B&B's
The Bargetto Winery (Saratoga, CA) offers "Chaucer's" wines:
Bookshops & Libraries
The Chaucer Head Bookshop, Stratford-upon-Avon: The Chaucer Head is the red-brick building in the middle, next to Nash's House/New Place (Shakespeare's "Deathplace"). When Shakespeare lived next door-but-one our building was the home of Julius Shaw, a friend and witness to the great man's will."
Travel and Pilgrimage
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